Setting-Specific Resources

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Reports examines how MLPs can contribute to population health management strategies as healthcare orgs adapt to new reimbursement models. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; October 2016]

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Survey report details findings pertaining to common characteristics of MLPs, screening practices, funding, data sharing, & impact on wellbeing. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; August 2016]

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Issue brief extrapolates lessons from six health centers that used HRSA expanded services awards for legal-related enabling services. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; July 2016]

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Issue brief explores veterans’ health-harming legal needs, and how health care and civil legal aid can work together to meet them. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; June 2016]

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Issue brief explores the benefits of the MLP approach for health centers and their patients. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; February 2015]

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Issue brief provides information specific to forming MLPs in a nurse-led setting. [National Nurse-Led Care Consortium; April 2016]

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Below are some of the most popular resources to help start and operate a medical-legal partnership.

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The MLP Toolkit walks individuals step-by-step through the MLP approach and starting a partnership – from conducting a needs assessment to finding a partner, and from setting service priorities to developing a Memorandum of Understanding. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; March 2015]

The MLP Performance Measures Handbook is a guide to help MLP practitioners understand the background and need for systematic data collection in the MLP field. It includes seven performance measures developed by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership that work to assess different areas within the MLP approach. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; Updated April 2016]


This white paper describes the seminal attempt at establishing a comprehensive health-based framework for systematically recording legal outcomes that is exclusively targeted to all legal services practitioners. The framework is organized by the Legal Services Corporation problem codes. [Medical-Legal Partnership of Southern Illinois; May 2016]















Framing Legal Care as Health Care Messaging Guide

This messaging guide helps partners re-frame civil legal needs as social determinants of health and describe the benefits of civil legal aid in health terms. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; January 2015]



















Legal Needs Screener

This customizable screening tool can be used by MLPs in a range of settings to screen for patients’ legal needs. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; October 2015]

Screening for SDOH

This video curriculum helps teach residents to understand, screen, and treat social determinants of health. It offers modules on particular areas of patient need. The full curriculum is available for free downloard from the Association of American Colleges’ (AAMC) MedEDPortal, once you have created a free user account. [Child Health Law Partnership; 2013]












MLP Textbook

More than 60 leaders across the MLP movement contributed to this medical-legal partnership textbook that includes discussions, best practices, and case examples for health and legal practitioners serving vulnerable populations. [2011]

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This guide helps civil legal aid organizations configure LegalServer, a case management system, to collect health and health care data and document their impact. [National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; July 2016]