1 in 6 people needs legal care to be healthy

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people and communities by leading health, public health and legal sectors in an integrated, upstream approach to combating health-harming social conditions.

  • Deputy Director Maha Jweied accepting the 2016 MLP Leadership Award on behalf of ATJ. Pictured with Megan Sandel, Ellen Lawton and Joel Teitelbaum from the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

    Justice Dept. & NYC Health + Hospitals Honored with Leadership Awards

    On April 7, the Office for Access to Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice and New York City Health + Hospitals were honored with the 2016 Medical-Legal Partnership Leadership...Read More

  • Healthy People 2020 Slide

    Healthy People 2020 puts a spotlight on medical-legal partnership

    A new blog post on the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's (ODPHP) website shares how medical-legal partnership can help address the goals of Healthy People 2020, a...Read More

  • DOJ Report Slide

    Dept. of Justice report recommends further study of medical-legal partnership

    In spring 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Access to Justice, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Science Foundation convened a meeting to discuss a research...Read More

  • PBS NewsHour: “Why Doctors are Prescribing Legal Aid for Patients”

    What happens when a little boy gets a lifesaving bone marrow transplant for his leukemia, but can't return home because the house he lives in has cockroaches that threaten his...Read More

  • Lancaster General Health Superutilizer Project. From left to right: Katie Schultz (attorney), Wendy Walton (Social Worker), Amber Jerauld (Pharmacist), "Mr. Williams" (Client), Adam Wilikofsky (Clinical Psychologist), Jeffrey Martin (physician), Audrey Martin (LCSW)

    Health Affairs: Treating high-utilizing patients with MLP

    A medical-legal partnership study at Lancaster General Health showed 95 percent of the highest-utilizing patients had 2-3 civil legal problems. What happened when these legal problems were addressed? Health improved...Read More

Medical-Legal Partnerships have been established in 292 health care institutions in 36 states


MLP Legal Needs Screening Tool

To treat the health-harming social conditions that stand in the way of good health, medical-legal partnerships must first be able to detect these problems in a systematic way. But how do you screen for health-harming civil legal needs in a clinical setting?

The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, with pro bono support from The Advisory Board Company (ABC), reviewed 80 tools used by medical-legal partnerships across the country to screen for patients’ legal needs. We then developed a common screening tool that can be used by medical-legal partnerships in a range of settings. Click here to learn more and download the screening tool.


National Health Care for the Homeless Conference & Policy Symposium (Portland, Oregon)

Session: "Medical-Legal Partnership Learning Lab"

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT

Virtual Office Hours: MLP 101

Hosted by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 4 – 5 p.m. ET

Webinar: "MLP and Older Adult Health and Stability"

Hosted by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 1 – 2 p.m. ET

Webinar: "The Devil is in the Data: Sharing Information is Key to Promoting Integration"

Hosted by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 3 -4 p.m. ET

2nd Annual Southeastern Interprofessional Education Conference (Asheville, North Carolina)

Session: "Medical-Legal Partnerships"

Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET

Webinar: "Unmet Legal Needs Among Populations Experiencing Homelessness: A Survey of Health Care for the Homeless Sites"

Hosted by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 2 – 3 p.m. ET

Webinar: "How Medical Legal Partnership Services Utilize Geographical Hot-Spotting Maps to Influence Community Health for Asthmatic Children"

Hosted by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 2 – 3 p.m. ET

Webinar: "Integrating Legal Services with the Care of Complex, High-utilizing Patients"

Hosted by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 2 – 3 p.m. ET

12th Annual Medical-Legal Partnership Summit

Hosted by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

April 5-7, 2017 (National Harbor, Maryland)