Medical-Legal Partnership Project
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center improves the health and welfare of underserved children and their families through the Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP). MLPP is a joint effort among Connecticut Children’s, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, Charter Oak Health Center, Community Health Services, Inc., Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut. MLPP is devoted to providing traditional legal representation for children within a comprehensive approach to the child’s health care needs as well as advocating for children’s health on a systemic basis.
The Medical-Legal Partnership Project takes a preventive, multidisciplinary approach to improving child health by ensuring families’ basic needs are met, including:
- Safe housing
- Adequate income and benefits support
- Disability advocacy
- Access to health care
- Freedom from violence and abuse
- Appropriate education services
MLPP provides comprehensive legal representation to pediatric patients at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in matters affecting children’s health, education and welfare. MLPP’s goal is to provide legal representation and consultation to families while drawing on the clinical and community expertise of the medical providers to enhance the effectiveness of its legal work.
MLPP accepts referrals from Connecticut Children’s medical providers, including the Primary Care Center, sub-specialty clinics, and Child & Family Support Services social workers located throughout the hospital. Additionally, MLPP will provide consultations to community providers who are affiliated with the medical center.
Resources for providers include:
- Applying for Children’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Helping Families Understand Workplace Rights
- Navigating Utility Law to Help Your Patients
- Protecting Children with Disabilities
- Understanding Special Education
MLPP provides legal representation and advocacy assistance to low-income children and families. Families receiving governmental needs-based assistance are categorically eligible for services, while other low-income families are evaluated and screened based on income guidelines corresponding to the federal poverty rates. There is no charge for MLPP’s services.
As a result of its cross-disciplinary work, MLPP’s goal is to identify certain health-related issues that need greater attention from legal staff, and it seeks to develop a variety of special projects that focus on policy advocacy. MLPP works with Connecticut Children’s to identify, coordinate, and advocate for the overall health needs of children in the community.
Project activities are funded through generous grants from American Savings Foundation, Connecticut Bar Foundation, Connecticut Health Foundation, Fisher Foundation, Hartford Courant Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Maximillian E & Marion O Hoffman Foundation, The New Alliance Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.
For more information about Connecticut Children’s Medical-Legal Partnership Project, contact Bonnie Roswig, JD, 860.545.8581.