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

AIDS and Adolescents – the Changing Legal Landscape

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with or at risk for HIV, including the new right for adolescents to consent to HIV treatment.

Accessing Insurance Coverage for Substance Use & Mental Health Treatment

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017

This training will provide an overview of the federal parity law and how individuals and providers can take advantage of their rights under the law.

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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


The Senate is again debating legislation that would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare, restructure the Medicaid program, impose huge funding cuts and gut pre-existing condition protections.  Spearheaded by Senators Graham (R-SC) and Cassidy (R-LA), this legislation would be devastating to people who need addiction and mental health care.  Graham-Cassidy would result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance and strip away coverage and protections for people needing addiction and mental health care.

Federal Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Aetna for Breaching HIV Privacy of 12,000 Customers

The Legal Action Center, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and Berger & Montague, P.C. filed a federal class action lawsuit today against Aetna for its repeated failure to respect the privacy rights of people taking HIV medication by mailing its customers Aetna envelopes where their HIV medication was visible through the large transparent window of the envelopes.

Aetna breaches HIV privacy of customers in multiple states

A group of people living with HIV are demanding the health insurer Aetna immediately stop a practice they say violates federal and state privacy laws and exposes them to potential discrimination.

New Sample Consent Forms – 42 CFR Part 2

The Legal Action Center (LAC) has created several sample consent forms for the release of confidential substance use disorder patient records.

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