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SAMHSA Issues Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information

LAC welcomes SAMHSA’s release of a Final Rule that aims to modernize federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records, while maintaining essential privacy protections.

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Joint Statement on Federal Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force Report

The undersigned organizations issued the following statement today regarding the report released on October 27th by the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (MH and SUD) Parity Task Force, established by President Obama in March 2016.

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LAC’s Letter to the Washington Post Editor in Support of Insurance Coverage for MAT

LAC Vice President for Health Initiatives Ellen Weber responds to an article in the Washington Post entitled “The Drug Industry’s Answer to Opioid Addiction: More Pills” with a letter to the editor.

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ACT NOW! ACTION ALERT: TELL GOVERNOR CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO ELIMINATE BARRIERS AND INCREASE ACCESS TO ADDICTION TREATMENT

LAC calls on all New Yorkers to contact their state legislators and the Governor and urge them to enact legislation to expand insurance coverage and access to treatment.

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LAC Applauds Senate Passage of CARA

Legal Action Center applauds the United States Senate for passing CARA, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Senate passage of CARA marks a significant step forward in the fight against heroin and prescription opioid addictions and overdoses. The Center urges the House of Representatives to pass the bill, and Congressional appropriators to fund CARA now.

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LAC Praises the Final Recommendations of the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections

Legal Action Center commends the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections for its final recommendations that will be presented to Congress tonight. Legal Action Center has advocated for many of the specific recommendations in the Task Force’s report and calls on Congress and the Administration to implement these needed reforms. Policymakers can find additional support for the Colson Task Force’s report as well as additional recommendations for drug and alcohol policy reforms by reading Legal Action Center’s recently released report, Roadmap for Promoting Health and Justice: A Smarter, More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy.

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New Polling Shows Broad Support for Expanding Addiction Treatment and Report Offers Policymakers a Roadmap for a More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy

A survey commissioned by Legal Action Center (LAC) and released today finds strong support among Americans for expanding addiction treatment and making it a policy priority of the next president. The survey was released in conjunction with a new report from Legal Action Center; The Roadmap for Promoting Health and Justice: A Smarter, More Effective National Drug and Alcohol Policy is a guide for policymakers who understand the urgent need to reshape the nation’s drug and alcohol policies, in order to address addiction as a chronic disease that can be treated and prevented.

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Press Release: Legal Action Center Announces Release of State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System

The Legal Action Center today announced the release of the new web tool State Profiles of Health Care Information for the Criminal Justice System, which includes state-by-state profiles with information about the health system and health coverage options that are available in each state and the District of Columbia.

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How to Respond if a Court is Kicking You Off Medication-Assisted Treatment for Addiction

In the Addiction Blog post Kicked Off Medication-Assisted Treatment by a Court: Here’s How to Fight for Your Legal Rights, LAC’s Legal Director Sally Friedman explains how to respond if a court kicks you or someone you care about off medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for heroin or opioid addiction.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Rob Portman introduce bill to reauthorize the Second Chance Act

Legal Action Center is pleased to report that yesterday Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Rob Portman introduced legislation to reauthorize the Second Chance Act. Originally passed in 2008, the Second Chance Act is already reducing recidivism and improving public safety. Recidivism rates are down by 11% in Texas, 19% in North Carolina and 9% in Wisconsin. Since 2009, Second Chance programs have served over 92,000 people in 49 states and the District of Columbia. After several years of implementation and study, it’s time to reauthorize and update the law to emphasize and improve the most effective programs.

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