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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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ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Senators to Vote NO on the Senate Health Care Repeal Bill

The Senate today released a draft of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. Although there was speculation that the Senate bill might be less harmful than the version approved by the House in May, the Senate proposal would be devastating to people who need addiction and mental health care.

Legislation to Strengthen Compliance with Parity Law Introduced in NY Senate and Assembly

The Legal Action Center strongly supports the proposed Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act, a bill introduced in the New York Senate and Assembly to improve oversight of health insurers’ compliance with state and federal mental health and substance use disorder parity laws.

ACLU Releases Report on Fair Chance Hiring

The Legal Action Center congratulates the ACLU and its Trone Private Sector and Education Advisory Council on releasing “Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Jobseekers Benefits Your Company,” which documents the successful corporate policies that give formerly-incarcerated Americans a fair chance at employment and reentry.

LAC’s OP-ED IN THE HILL URGES SENATE TO PRIORITIZE ADDICTION CARE and REJECT AHCA

As the Senate debates legislation to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, LAC President/Director Paul Samuels and founder of the Treatment Research Institute Tom McLellan urge them to prioritize addiction care.

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