Report: Building a statewide MLP network in Florida

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

By Liz Tobin-Tyler Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida

Much of the growth in the medical-legal partnership (MLP) movement has been driven by passionate advocates—in both the legal and health care sectors—at the local level. MLP programs are often initiated, structured and implemented based on community needs, funding incentives and restrictions, local culture, and relationships among partners. Yet, as MLPs proliferate across the Unites States, MLP advocates are focusing on building state and regional networks to better coordinate efforts geographically, improve communication and collaboration among MLPs and organize efforts around sustainable investment and policy strategies. This report examines Florida’s statewide MLP network, including its history, planning process, statewide activities, and some of the important lessons that can help other states in their statewide efforts.