Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Initiative
A medical-legal partnership (MLP) integrates legal services into a medical care setting to work with and train doctors, nurses, social workers and healthcare staff to identify social determinants to health that are legal in nature that negatively affect health care outcomes, so that appropriate referrals for legal care can be made. LCD has six MLPs across nine sites.
Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN) Nurse-Managed Health Centers
FPCN has three federally qualified health centers in Philadelphia, all providing primary health care by nurse practitioners. FPCN was the first in the country to utilize this nurse-managed model. Our first MLP with FPCN was formed in 2011 at Abbottsford Falls in the Germantown area. We are now at all three sites including the 11th Street Health Center in North Philadelphia and the Health Annex located in the southwest section of Philadelphia.
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Magee was one of our founding partners back in 1987, and we have been located within the hospital since 1990. Our 35-year partnership has seen thousands of patients obtain advice, guidance and representation from our staff. We serve clients who are receiving healthcare services either as inpatients or as outpatients.
Nemours Children’s Health, Philadelphia
Project Home’s Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC)
The Stephen Klein Wellness Center Medical-Legal Partnership (SKWC MLP) is a collaboration between LCD and Project Home that provides on-site free high-quality legal services to low-income patients with disabilities. Launched in 2013, the goal of the project is to address the health-harming social determinants to health that are legal in nature that SKWC’s patients, many of whom are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless every day.
Project Home’s Hub of Hope
In 2018 we began working with the chronically homeless population at the Hub of Hope. Located underneath Suburban Station the Hub of Hope provides numerous resources. LCD has partnered with Project Home to provide legal services. Project HOME seeks to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Philadelphia, alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and enable all of us to attain our fullest potential.
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
In 2011 we began providing legal services to families at the Center for Child and Adolescent Health which relocated to St. Chris’ new Center for the Urban Child in 2014. In 2013 we expanded our services to the Special Needs Clinic, which provides medical service to children with severe disabilities. From 2014, we have participated in the monthly asthma team meetings and are working with the medical team to determine if mold or other housing problems may need to be addressed with the landlord.
The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium
In 2022 we began providing legal services at TPAC.