Report: Findings from the 2016 NCMLP national survey on MLP activities and trends

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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

Today, more than 300 medical-legal partnerships operate nationwide, demonstrating enormous diversity in terms of patient populations served, legal care provided, and organizational priorities. New national data on medical-legal partnership activities highlight common trends and key issues for the field to consider. This report is based on a national survey of health care organizations and legal organizations actively operating medical-legal partnerships. The surveys were conducted by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership for the 2016 calendar year.

Key findings include:

  • One in three health care organizations with active medical-legal partnerships are now health centers, contributing to an increasingly diverse MLP landscape;
  • One-third of health care organizations with medical-legal partnerships include funding for these activities in their operating budget;
  • In 2016 alone, MLP legal partners collectively trained more than 11,000 health care providers in MLP services and health-harming legal needs; and
  • Clinicians reported improved patient health outcomes and greater compliance with medical treatment as a result of MLP services.

This report also describes: (1) the characteristics of organizations participating in medical-legal partnerships; (2) the populations screened for social determinants of health and referred for legal services; (3) resources organizations dedicate to medical-legal partnership activities, (4) how medical-legal partnerships integrate and deliver services and share information; and (5) the ways these programs advance health and well-being.

Follow these links to review the 2016 health care organization and legal organization questionnaires.