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Medical-Legal Partnerships

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles aims to change the delivery of health care by providing free legal services to vulnerable patients through our Medical-Legal Partnerships.

IMPORTANT: Out of an abundance of caution, the following clinics will be conducted by phone only until further notice (click links for details); call the numbers below and we will respond to your legal questions by phone —


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Social conditions can have a greater impact on a person’s health than access to care. But civil legal issues can also impact a person’s health and well-being, and are often overlooked. These can include poor housing conditions, loss of public benefits, problems at work, or domestic violence.
 

Through our Medical-Legal Partnerships, a medical team can refer patients to LAFLA attorneys. Our legal team provides patients with consultations and direct representation. They also educate community members and providers. This comprehensive approach leads to better health outcomes for patients and underserved populations. Read recent stories about our Medical-Legal Partnerships in our Media Center.

Greater Long Beach Community Medical
Legal Partnership

LAFLA partnered in 2011 with The Children’s Clinic, which provides quality care for underserved children in Greater Long Beach. A LAFLA attorney is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday at the Vasek Polak Clinic (1057 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813), and every Wednesday at the SMTF clinic (455 E. Columbia St., Long Beach, CA 90806). The Medical-Legal Partnership hotline is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (562) 264-4601.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center Medical Legal Partnership

As part of the Whole Person Care – Medical Legal Community Partnership LA, LAFLA is co-located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center, which serves the communities of South Los Angeles. A LAFLA staff attorney is available to provide patients with legal advice every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Coastal Health Centers Medical Legal Partnership

As part of the Whole Person Care – Medical Legal Community Partnership LA, LAFLA serves patients at Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center, Bellflower Health Center, Torrance Health Center and Wilmington Health Center. A LAFLA staff attorney is available to provide patients with legal advice every Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Medical Legal Partnership

As part of the Whole Person Care – Medical Legal Community Partnership LA, LAFLA is co-located at the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, which serves Los Angeles County patients with recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. A LAFLA staff attorney is available to provide patients with legal advice every Monday and Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

Whole Person Care/Medical Legal Community Partnership Los Angeles

LAFLA serves patients who are enrolled in Whole Person Care, a program administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for the county’s most vulnerable patients. Funded by Medi-Cal, Whole Person Care helps the county’s most vulnerable patients, including the homeless; women who are pregnant or just gave birth; individuals struggling with mental health or substance abuse; medically high-risk patients, before and after their discharge; and individuals who have recently been released from prison. Clients here are referred by community health workers contracted with Whole Person Care. This project is a collaborative with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and Mental Health Advocacy Services.