The report details findings from our national survey pertaining to common characteristics of medical-legal partnerships, screening practices, funding, data sharing, and impact on wellbeing, as well as recommendations for the MLP field nationally.
By Marsha Regenstein, PhD; Jessica Sharac, MSc, MPH; and Jennifer Trott, MPH
In early 2016 the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership issued a survey to all of the health care and legal organizations that currently participate in medical-legal partnerships asking about their programs and MLP activities in 2015. This report shares survey findings pertaining to common characteristics of medical-legal partnerships, screening practices, funding, data sharing, and impact on wellbeing, as well as recommendations for the field nationally.
For the first time, this year we prepared individualized reports for each MLP health care partner organization based on their responses to the survey. The individual health care partner reports, which will be emailed directly to respondents and not shared publicly, go beyond basic program metrics (e.g. number of referrals, staff trained, etc.) by outlining key characteristics that the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership views as being indicators of high-performing MLP health care partners. A key focus of this report is on integration and collaboration across MLP partners. Because health care organizations are very experienced with receiving custom reports on indicators of quality, we began this process with health care partner organizations. We intend to develop a similar custom report for MLP legal organization partners in the future that will similarly focus primarily on characteristics of partner integration rather than case volume.