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1 Medical – Legal Partnerships Health Care Providers and Legal Service Providers Working Together

2 Introduction  Community Legal Aid Services (CLAS)  Free civil legal services to low-income and elderly individuals  Assistance with:  Bankruptcy  Foreclosures  Evictions  Income Maintenance  Family Assistance  Medicaid

3 Introduction  Getting Assistance  Based on income  Must be a citizen or a eligible alien    Health Advocacy Program  Akron Children’s Hospital & CLAS  Since August 2009

4 Introduction  Medical – Legal Partnership (MLP)  Developments  Nationwide  Statewide  Benefits of an MLP  Health  Legal  Possible Outcomes  Potential Developments  Getting Involved

5 Medical – Legal Partnerships  Originated in Boston, MA in 1993  Ohio’s first MLP – Cleveland in 2002  Toledo, Columbus, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, and Akron followed

6 Medical – Legal Partnerships  Health Care Providers (HCP) and Legal Service Providers (LSP) identify and remedy legal issues that are barriers to health  HCPs identify the legal impediments after training from LSPs  LSPs work to remedy those legal issues leading to improved health

7 Developments – National  National MLP Center developed  Currently there are 75+ partnerships nationwide  National legislation concerning MLP funding

8 Developments – Statewide  6 Legal Aid Societies in Ohio  At least one partnership at each  At least one site for each partnership  Most sites are in some stage of growth or expansion

9 Cincinnati Child Health-Law Partnership Health Advocacy Program Cleveland Community Advocacy Program Family Healthcare Advocacy Project Child and Youth Law Program Toledo Medical- Legal Partnership for Children

10 Benefits of an MLP – Health  Improved asthma outcomes  Asthma caused/exacerbated by substandard housing improves w/attorney involvement  Decreased stress  Assistance with issues helps decrease feelings of being overwhelmed

11 Benefits of an MLP – Legal  Proactive legal interventions  Generally need less assistance  Assistance can have greater impact  Avoid many emergency situations  Learn of rent problems before eviction notice sent  Get involved with children’s education before serious disciplinary actions or academic deficiencies jeopardize educatino

12 Possible Outcomes  General  Improved health  Improved legal situations  Specific  IEP in place  Housing conditions improved  Greater financial security  Medical care for parents (better for kids, too)  More family stability

13 Potential Developments  State Taskforce Meetings Quarterly  Next Meeting…  Probably first or second Tuesday in July  Contact Local Partnership  Trainings could be provided  May be looking for additional medical partners or referral sources  Contact National MLP for additional ideas

14 Getting Involved  Akron – Health Advocacy Program  Akron Children’s Hospital  Community Legal Aid Services  Leah Jensen  Chillicothe – Family Healthcare Advocacy Project  Family Healthcare, Inc.  Southeastern Ohio Legal Services  Rebecca Gonzales

15 Getting Involved  Cincinnati – Child Health-Law Partnership  Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center  Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati  Elaine Fink  Cleveland – Community Advocacy Program  MetroHealth  Broadway Health Center  Buckeye Health Center  Main Campus Health Center  Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center  Legal Aid Society of Cleveland  Mallory Curran

16 Getting Involved  Columbus– Child and Youth Law Program  Nationwide Children’s Hospital  Legal Aid Society of Columbus  Vanessa Coterel  Toledo – Medical-Legal Partnership for Children  St Vincent’s Mercy Children’s Hospital  St. Vincent’s Mercy Family Care Center  University of Toledo, College of Medicine  Advocates for Basic Legal Equality  Legal Aid of Western Ohio  Dianne Mantel

17 Contact Leah R. Jensen, Esq. Equal Justice Works Fellow 50 S Main St, Ste 800 Akron, OH ext


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