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July 18, 2019

"At MOAR, we believe that addiction is a public health issue rather than a criminal issue, but about 80% of MA inmates have a history of addiction. We support reforms that would result in more people with addictions getting treatment and support rather than just jail and collateral consequences," said Maryanne Frangules.

July 2, 2019

Gregory is a U.S. Attorney in the Civil Rights Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office. While Greg enforces all federal civil rights statutes, he has recently focused on the civil rights for individuals in recovery for substance use disorder. Prior to working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Greg enforced fair housing statutes for HUD. Greg is also an instructor at UMass Amherst where he teaches Public Policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from UMass Amherst, and his law degree from Northeastern University.

June 26, 2019

Question: I am having surgery and will be out of work for a few days. When I return, I am required to undergo a fitness for duty exam, which will uncover my use of Suboxone as prescribed. I was told that I would be fired for using Suboxone. I can’t stop using Suboxone and put my recovery at risk. Since going in to recovery in 2003, I’ve never had an issue at work. Can I be fired for using Suboxone?

January 29, 2019

Question: We received a call from an employer who is having difficulty with a new employee who is a recruiter for the company. This employee has had performance issues which have been addressed on two occasions. She has been placed on probation because she is not performing the job requirements. While discussing steps to release her with HR, she disclosed that she has depression and anxiety; she canceled a meeting with other team members; and then called out of an event that she was expected to be working as part of her job, which left another staff member on their own.

November 6, 2018

Question: We received a call from a mother whose son with a disability attends his school's afterschool program until recently when he was hospitalized for three weeks for disability-related reasons.  He is ready to return to school and his afterschool program. The program is first-come-first-serve and has a waitlist. Though the mother had already paid for her son to attend the afterschool program, the school gave his slot to another student.

May 30, 2014

In honor of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are hosting a poetry slam and art exhibition. This event follows in the tradition started last year when comedians, the artists of laughter helped us celebrate the 23rd anniversary ADA.

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