Brief: A closer look at operations and financing for health center-based MLPs

By Alanna Williamson, Jennifer Trott, & Marsha Regenstein
The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This issue brief describes how and where health-center based partnerships operate, and how state primary care associations are supporting these programs. It also discusses how health-center based MLPs are financed, with a spotlight on four states that integrate financing for legal services in Medicaid payment arrangements.Read More

NCMLP-Authored Reports Health Centers

Article: Two-year study of MLP services showed improved housing and psychosocial outcomes for Veterans

By Jack Tsai, Margaret Middleton, Jennifer Villegas, Cindy Johnson, Randye Retkin, Alison Seidman, Scott Sherman, & Robert Rosenheck
Health Affairs

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Veterans in Connecticut and New York who accessed legal services showed significant improvements in housing, income, and mental health during a two-year study. Veterans who received more medical-legal partnership services showed greater improvements in housing and mental health than those who received fewer services, and those who achieved their predefined legal goals showed greater improvements in housing status and community integration than those who did not.Read More

Patients Peer-Reviewed Research Veterans

Article: Study highlights need for more systematic screening to identify social needs

By Joanna Theiss & Marsha Regenstein
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Article outlines how, why, and to what degree social determinants of health screening practices are used across MLPs. It finds that, despite the importance of identifying patients’ social and legal needs in order to improve health, systematic, protocol-driven screening is not yet being used to its fullest extent within these organizations.Read More

Systems / Cost Peer-Reviewed Research Health Centers Hospitals & Health Systems

Article: Study shows medical students more likely to screen for SDOH after medical-legal education

By Robert Pettignano, Lisa Bliss, Susan McLaren & Sylvia Caley
Academic Medicine

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In 2011, the authors implemented a four-session didactic interprofessional curriculum on medical–legal practice for third-year medical students at Morehouse School of Medicine. This program, also attended by law students, focused on interprofessional collaboration to address client/patient social determinant of health (SDOH) issues and health-harming legal needs. Postintervention survey results indicated that students self-reported an increased likelihood to screen patients for SDOH issues and an increased likelihood to refer patients to a legal resource.Read More

Workforce Peer-Reviewed Research