Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) allow legal aid and healthcare workers to identify patients whose medical maladies might also be tied to civil legal issues.
MLPs can help legal aid providers reach clients who would not normally connect with legal aid. An individual’s legal problems may exacerbate a patient’s medical condition. Addressing a patient’s legal issues can improve their health outcomes, thereby reducing the patient’s trips to the hospital and healthcare costs.
Organizations have launched MLPs in 49 states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. This report contains more information about two LSC grantee-run MLPs. (author abstract)