The medical-legal partnership (MLP) model combines health and legal services at a single site of care. A multidisciplinary team of works together to address medical and social/legal problems that have an impact on overall health. YLS students participating in the MLP meet with patients at local health clinics and help address legal needs like access to government programs or housing problems, relying on support as necessary from supervising attorneys and YLS professors.
YHeLPS partnered with New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA) to establish an MLP located at the HAVEN Free Clinic, which is a weekend clinic operated by Yale medical students for underserved and undocumented patients. Law students work on site at the clinic, receiving referrals from the clinical staff, identifying legal issues that patients may have, and pursuing remedies through direct service and policy reform. All legal services are supervised by NHLAA attorneys.
The HAVEN MLP is a volunteer project available through the YLS Pro Bono Network. 4296 YHeLPS conducts training sessions each semester for interested students, who can then sign up for individual shifts.
Yale-New Haven Hospital MLP
Starting in the 2013-14 academic year, YHeLPS members will have the opportunity to work with a new MLP at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) has stablished an MLP in the pediatric unit that focuses on issues of childhood poverty and access to services.
The MLP is a volunteer project. However, one or two students each semester who are interested in working on an independent writing project related to their work in the MLP may seek academic credit for that project, as supervised research, under the supervision of Professor Gluck.