The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Accessing Insurance Coverage for Substance Use & Mental Health Treatment: The Federal Parity Law

Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017

The federal parity law was expanded in 2010 by the Affordable Care Act, and 2013 regulations clarified many of the law’s requirements.

Free SAMHSA-Sponsored Webinars: Helping Justice-Involved Individuals with Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders:

Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017

The webinars will provide an overview of laws in the states of Massachusetts, North Carolina, Missouri, Oregon, Ohio and Utah that hinder or help people with criminal records and SUD as they strive to obtain employment, housing and education. The first webinar takes place on 3/21/17 and the last is on 5/2/17.

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Blog Archives

Rx for Drug Courts: Allow Effective Addiction Medication

The opioid epidemic kills 78 Americans every day. To address this crisis, President Obama and public health authorities have called for increased use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Yet half the nation’s drug courts prohibit MAT, according to a 2014 survey.

When Coming Home Means Being Shut Out: Expanding Reentry to All Types of Offenses

We need to ensure that all people with conviction histories are eligible for and receive effective reentry services, not just those with offenses categorized as nonserious, nonsexual, and nonviolent.

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News and Highlights

LAC, CSS and NELA/NY File Amicus Brief with NY State’s Highest Court in Case Affecting People Who Face Criminal Record Employment Discrimination by Third Parties

The Legal Action Center, Community Service Society of New York and NELA/NY (the New York affiliate of the National Employment Lawyers Association) jointly filed an amicus brief with the New York State Court of Appeals in the case of Griffin v. Sirva, Inc. et al. Several organizations signed on to the brief, including the Bronx Defenders, the Center for Community Alternatives, JustLeadershipUSA, The Legal Aid Society, The Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Legal Services NYC, MFY Legal Services, Inc., and Youth Represent.

LAC Provides Overview of Changes to Confidentiality Law – 42 CFR Part 2, Final Rule

February 15, 2017 – The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has released a brief overview of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”)’s Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (“42 CFR Part 2” or “Part 2”).

Template for stakeholder comments on proposed supplemental changes to confidentiality law

The Legal Action Center (“LAC”) has released a template for stakeholders to use to comment on the January 18, 2017 Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“SNPRM”) issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”).


LAC is thrilled to announce the expansion of its leadership team to include Tracie Gardner as Associate Director and Abigail Woodworth as Director of Communications and Strategy.

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