Digest of COVID-19 Resources for Medical-Legal Partnerships

Monday, March 30, 2020

By The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating health and economic disparities. As urgent health and legal needs intersect during this crisis, medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) are uniquely positioned to respond. Below are resources organized by issue area to help MLPs in their response. This list will be updated continually, and was last updated on May 10, 2020.

MLP OPERATIONS

  • Tip Sheet: “8 Things Every MLP Can Do Right Now to Address COVID-19”
    By the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
    View the tip sheet
  • Webinar Recording: “Operating a Medical-Legal Partnership During COVID-19, A Town Hall” (March 30, 2020)
    By the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
    View the recording
  • Sample Fact Sheet: “COVID-19 Rights and Protections”
    By the Medical-Legal Community Partnership Los Angeles
    View the fact sheet
  • Sample Patient Flyer re: MLP COVID-19 Services
    By the Medical-Legal Community Partnership Los Angeles
    View the flyer
  • Sample Wellness Prescription Pad
    By the Medical-Legal Community Partnership Los Angeles
    View the Rx pad

GENERAL COVID-19 LEGAL RESOURCES

  • Article: “Health Justice Strategies To Combat COVID-19: Protecting Vulnerable Communities During A Pandemic” (March 19, 2020)
    By Emily Benfer and Lindsay Wiley; Health Affairs Blog
    View the article
  • Form for Attorneys to Request Pro Bono Support from Law Students
    View the form
  • Emergency Legal Preparedness Primer
    By the Network for Public Health Law
    View the primer
  • National Health Law Program COVID-19 Resources
    View the website
  • Report of the LSC Disaster Taskforce
    By the Legal Services Corporation
    *While this report is not specific to COVID-19, it can be helpful to think of the legal work associated with the pandemic similarly to the framework/stages of disaster legal services.
    View the report
  • The ABA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force
    By the American Bar Association
    View the website

REMOTE LEGAL WORK

  • Webinar Recording: “Delivering Telelegal Services During COVID-19, A Town Hall” (April 30, 2020)
    By the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
    View the recording
  • Resources and Mailing List to Assist with Legal Telework
    By Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project
    View the website
  • Best Practices for Providing Legal Aid and Working Remotely
    By the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
    View the document
  • Guide: “Remote Legal Support: A Guide for Nonprofit and Pro Bono Innovation”
    By ProBonoNet & Immigration Advocates Network
    View the guide
  • Training on Using External Forms in LegalServer Case Management System
    By LegalServer
    View the training

TELEHEALTH

  • COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit
    By National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
    View the toolkit
  • Webinar Recording: “Telehealth and COVID-19” (March 19, 2020)
    By National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
    View the recording
  • Through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, the Federal Communications Commission will distribute $200 million to help health care providers provide telehealth services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the FAQs.

EVICTIONS / HOUSING

  • State-by-state COVID-19 Housing Policy Scorecard
    By the Eviction Lab
    and Emily Benfer
    View the website
  • Memo: “Coronavirus Eviction Moratoria: Considerations and Best Practices”
    By the National Housing Law Project
    View the memo
  • Article: “What an Effective Eviction Moratorium Must Include”
    By Emily Benfer, Eric Dunn, Norrinda Brown Hayat, and Rachel Blake; Shelterforce
    Read the article
  • Chart: “COVID-19 Eviction Moratoria by State, Commonwealth and Territory
    By Emily Benfer
    View the chart
  • National Housing Preservation Database
    View the website
  • Resources for Protecting Renter and Homeowner Rights During Our National Health Crisis
    By the National Housing Law Project
    View the website
  • Memo: “Specific Considerations for Public Health Authorities to Limit Infection Risk Among People Experiencing Homelessness”
    By the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    View the memo
  • Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    By the Centers for Disease Control
    View the guidance
  • Issue brief: “COVID-19 & the HCH Community: Needed Policy Responses for a High-Risk Group”
    By the National Health Care for the Homeless Council
    Download the report

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING / GUARDIANSHIPS

  • Tool to help individuals prepare advance directives, and scripts to help health care providers engage patients in the planning process
    By Prepare for Your Care
    View the website
  • Webinar Recording: “Advance Care Planning During COVID-19, A Town Hall” (April 16, 2020)
    By the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
    View the recording and download the slides
  • NY Executive Order Expanding Standby Guardianship During COVID-19
    Press release from LegalHealth, a division of the New York Legal Assistance Group
    View the press release

PERSONAL SAFETY PLANNING

  • Safety Planning During COVID-19: Tips From Survivors For Survivors
    By Sanctuary for Families
    View the webpage

EMPLOYMENT / INCOME

  • Some states are creating new rules about eligibility for unemployment insurance, state disability insurance, and paid family leave. Look at your state’s website to find out what the rules are in your area. Here’s an example from California.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Toolkit: “Coronavirus Crisis Communications Triage Kit”
    By The Communications Network
    View the resources