Brief: Screening for health-harming legal needs

Monday, December 19, 2016

By Jennifer Trott & Marsha Regenstein
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

This issue brief from the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP) examines how 13 hospitals and health centers screen their patients for health-harming legal needs. It describes who gets screened and how, the way screening information is recorded and shared with legal partners, and lessons learned that can help other health care institutions more effectively screen their patients for legal needs and partner with civil legal aid agencies to address those needs. The information in the brief was gathered through the 2016 NCMLP Survey and interviews with partnerships in the field.