Health Services offers free legal services to help patients with evictions, access to public benefits, special education, domestic violence, immigration and more. See below for more information about the Medical Legal Community Partnership, or call your Health Services medical clinic for a referral.
Medical Legal Community Partnership-Los Angeles is a collaboration between the department and four local non-profit legal services organizations. The program serves low-income residents in Los Angeles County, helping patients with legal problems that affect their health.
The legal team works closely with the whole care team at the clinic. They have helped eliminate patients’ debt, restored their Medi-Cal benefits and defended evictions. The lawyers also train clinic staff on topics such as immigration and public benefits.
The partner organizations are:
- Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County,
- Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles,
- Mental Health Advocacy Services,
- Bet Tzedek Legal Services.
Free legal services are available to all patients through the Medical Legal Community Partnership-Los Angeles. The legal team provides help over the phone or at a health clinic. The legal team helps with many types of issues, including:
- Access to health coverage including Medi-Cal,
- Child support or custody,
- Evictions and poor housing conditions,
- Immigration and legal status,
- Income and employment,
- Personal and family safety,
- Public benefits such as food, SSI and cash aid, and
- Special education.
The legal team does not help with medical malpractice, criminal cases, or personal injury lawsuits.
Legal services are free for Health Services patients and household members. You can seek help for a specific legal issue or you can get a “legal check-up”. Because each case is different, the kind of help may be different from patient to patient.
To talk to a lawyer, you can:
- Ask your doctor, nurse, a social worker, or any other clinic staff to refer you to the medical legal partners,
- Email email@example.com
- Call (818) 485-0575
Be ready to give your first and last name, phone number, medical record number and preferred language.
If you don’t know your clinic or you want to be a Health Services patient, call (844) 804-0055 or click here.
If the Medical Legal Community Partner lawyers cannot help you, they may refer you to another organization that can.
The Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs works to advance the wellbeing of immigrants who live, work and do business in the county. The office connects immigrants with the services they need. Visit here or call (800) 593-8222.
The One Degree website has a resource guide with information on legal services, food, housing and more. The guide is updated every weekday. To access the resource guide, click here.
211 LA is the central source for information on health and human service referrals in LA County. To get help on legal and other needs, call 211 or (800) 339-6993 or visit the website.
Click link to read a report on the impact of MLCP on our patients:
Meeting Legal Needs to Advance Health Equity in the Safety-Net: Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic