Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Since its founding in the early 1990s, the MLP approach has evolved to incorporate criminal legal in addition to civil legal needs. One of the first MLPs focused on criminal legal needs emerged in Rhode Island, where health centers have partnered with the Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office to collaborate around preserving their shared clients’/patients’ health.
On June 23, attendees heard from MLP practitioners in Rhode Island discuss a unique medical-public defender partnership. Participants learned the following:
1. The impact of criminal legal involvement on health and well-being
2. The history and evolution of the medical-legal partnership
3. Rhode Island’s approach to bringing together health centers and public defenders to support mutual patient-clients
4. Best practices that empower health centers to advocate for patients with criminal legal involvement
The webinar featured the following panelists: