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Building Resources to Support Civil Legal Aid Access in HRSA-Funded Health Centers

Resource Topic: Finance, Operations

Year Developed: 2016

Resource Type: Publication

Primary Audience: General Audience

Language: English

Developed by: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: This issue brief describes how health centers used supplemental funding to anchor MLP services as part of enabling services activities. It shares the experiences of health centers from Hawai’i to New Hampshire that received expanded services awards from HRSA and used them for legal-related enabling services, and extrapolates lessons for other health centers about the impact of collaborations between health centers and civil legal aid services and how to leverage funding opportunities for fostering medical-legal partnerships.

Resource Details: Health centers have struggled to procure and sustain the resources required to support MLP programs. By connecting services to priority populations and activities and seeking revenue alignment, health centers are building diversified funding streams for legal services.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,375,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.