The Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership (MSMLP) arranges for free legal services to the Mount Sinai Health System’s most vulnerable and needy patients to prevent and remedy the legal and social issues that often contribute to poor health. By addressing the non-medical determinants of illness, MSMLP is working to improve the overall health of our community and end the vicious cycle in which illness and disease are both cause and consequence of poverty.
Our Patients' Needs
MSMLP integrates lawyers into the health care team to address unmet legal needs that may be affecting a patient’s health. The most common cases relate to income maintenance, housing, education and employment, legal status and personal and family stability. Many of our patients living at or below the poverty line seldom have access to a lawyer to address such critical matters. In particular, when the health of an individual is in jeopardy, that individual often has 2-3 unmet legal needs, making access to justice even more vital.