Opioid Use Disorders and the ADA: Eliminating Discriminatory Barriers to Treatment and Recovery
Date & Time
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Erin Meehan Richmond, JD, Trial Attorney, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Charlotte Lanvers, JD, Trial Attorney, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Moderator: Tina Messer, MA, Manager, Department of Specialty Courts, Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts, and Member, Operation UNITE Board of Directors
CE Certified by: GA Bar
This presentation will provide information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its applicability to individuals in treatment for or recovery from addition to opioids. In addition to providing a general review of the law and cases that have interpreted the ADA’s protections for these individuals, this presentation will specifically discuss the issue of current illegal drug usage and how it affects protection under the ADA. The presenters will provide examples of instances when a person may or may not be covered, and will discuss how healthcare providers, advocates, attorneys and others who provide assistance to individuals with opioid use disorders can support these individuals. This will include a discussion of who may have a complaint under the ADA and where to file complaints if it appears that an individual’s rights under the ADA have been violated.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Describe the Americans with Disabilities Act’s protections for people with opioid use disorder.
- Identify potential discrimination under the ADA that people in treatment and recovery may be experiencing.
- Explain where to reach out to assist individuals in filing complaints of discrimination (DOJ or other appropriate federal agency).