Monday, June 3, 2019
Before delivering medical-legal partnership services, health care and legal team members discuss their goals for the program, the responsibilities of each partner, and how they will measure success. When health care organizations choose to contract legal services from a community-based legal services organization (rather than hire lawyers directly to their staff), the decisions partners make should be documented in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), a renewable agreement entered into for a set period of time. Drafting an MOU helps formalize the decisions made and ensure that all participants acknowledge the parameters of the relationship.
This is a sample MOU created by Pine Street Legal Assistance, Inc. and the Department of Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System outlining their medical-legal partnership for Veterans.