Medical-Legal Partnerships

Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) are a collaboration that produces better health outcomes by embedded attorneys and paralegals within healthcare teams to detect, address, and prevent health-harming legal needs of people and communities. For example, such partnerships can force landlords to remediate poor housing conditions that aggravate a patient’s asthma, increase access to care by helping patients establish eligibility for Medicaid, improve educational services for children with special needs, or help patients escape violent domestic situations.


Texas Legal Services Center's Medical-Legal Partners include People’s Community Clinic, Kind Clinic, Lone Star Circle of Care, Integral Care, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Being national leader in practice in community health centers, Texas Legal Services Center Medical-Legal Partnership Program is part of a movement that includes nearly three hundred healthcare facilities.


Positive Outcomes from MLP

  • Improves health outcomes by eliminating or mitigating circumstances that prevented patients and family members from good health and well-being, including issues related to food insecurity, income supports, and unhealthy living conditions;

  • Trains healthcare providers, staff, residents, students and other stakeholders on the connections between health, law, and poverty;

  • Increased facility reimbursement through counsel or representation on dozens of cases related to insurance eligibility and coverage;

  • Increased patient ability to pay through recovery or avoidance on disability, public benefits, housing, and other cases meriting extensive representation; and

  • Increased provider satisfaction by cooperatively addressing socio-legal needs that interfere with practice at the top of the provider’s license.


What Else Does MLP Do?

  • Improve the health of patients through onsite screening, resource connection, and direct and referral legal services, all at no cost to the patient;

  • Train frontline healthcare staff to be effective advocates with a thorough understanding of and comfort with discussing socio-legal determinants of health;

  • Decrease uncompensated care costs by assisting patients in accessing previously unattainable coverage, benefits, and other services;

  • Reduce emergency services use, overcrowding, and delayed care for patients with true emergency needs through resolution of legal impediments to preventive care; and

  • Empower the community to be healthy through multilingual education on the connections between unmet legal needs and health issues, local outreach, and media involvement.


Dee's Story: The Dramatic Impact of Addressing Root Causes

Presented by Episcopal Health Foundation

Improving O&E Efforts in Health Centers Through Medical-Legal Partnership

Presented by Health Center News


Ellen Lawton, Principal Investigator and Lead Research Scientist with the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, and Liz Tobin Tyler, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, join us to discuss the how Medical-Legal Partnership is working with health centers across the country to address barriers to health care access. 

Texas Medical-Legal Partnerships


Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas

1033 La Posada Dr #374

Austin, TX 78752



People's Community Clinic

2909 N IH 35

Austin, TX  78722




Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

1206 E Van Buren St.

Brownsville, TX  78520



Brownsville Community Health Center

2137 E 22nd St.

Brownsville, TX  78521




UT Southwestern Medical Center

5223 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX  75390



Children's Medical Center Dallas

1935 Medical District Dr.

Dallas, TX  75235



Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

1515 Main St.

Dallas, TX  75201



El Paso

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

1331 Texas Ave.

El Paso, TX 79901


University Medical Center of El Paso

4815 Alameda Ave.

El Paso, TX  79905


Centro San Vicente Family Health Center

8061 Alameda Ave.

El Paso, TX  79915



Houston Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services

1111 Bagby St., Suite 200 

Houston, TX  77002



Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

1111 Louisiana St. #44

Houston, TX  77002



Texas Children's Hospital

6621 Fannin St.

Houston, TX  77030


San Antonio

The Children's Hospital of San Antonio

333 N Santa Rosa St.

San Antonio, TX  78207



Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

1111 N Main Ave.

San Antonio, TX  78212




If you are an individual seeking legal help regarding a medical issue, click here to apply. If you are a medical professional from one of Texas Legal Services Center's Medical-Legal Partners and would like to refer a patient, click here

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