Article: Integrating legal services into four VHA medical centers serving veterans with mental illness

Saturday, April 1, 2017

By Jack Tsai, Margaret Middleton, Randye Retkin, Cindy Johnson, Kevin Kenneally, Scott Sherman, Robert A. Rosenheck Psychiatric Services

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) operates the largest safety-net health care system in the country and serves many low-income and disabled veterans who could benefit from integrated legal services. This article inĀ Psychiatric Services describes the development and operations of medical-legal partnerships at four VHA medical centers that serve veterans who are homeless or who have serious mental illness. The authors briefly report on the characteristics of 700 veterans served by these MLPs from 2014 to 2016, and discuss how MLPs can fit within the interdisciplinary, comprehensive system of care provided by VHA.