Wishard's Medical-Legal Partnership
Wishard’s Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) seeks to address legal issues that affect patient health. By addressing the underlying social factors that many patients face, the MLP contributes to improved health outcomes.
Wishard’s MLP began in 2008 and has had approximately 500 referrals in the few years it has been in operation. The MLP partners with a law firm, law school, and local legal aid organizations to provide free legal services at various Wishard locations
Physicians and social workers can incorporate legal services into the patient’s overall treatment plan by referring patients to the MLP. The MLP attorney, certified legal intern, or paralegal will then privately meet with the patient in the comfort of the patient’s health center and provide appropriate advice or representation.
For patients: Please talk with your nurse, doctor or social worker at the one of the designated MLP sites for a referral to the MLP.
For Wishard nurses, social workers and staff: Please see the Medical-Legal Partnership portal (link is under the Legal portal) on Wishard Central.
Medical-Legal Partnership offers assistance with:
- Consumer rights
- Family and stability
- Disability benefits
- Education law
The Wishard MLP does not assist with divorce proceedings, bankruptcy, criminal defense or personal injury matters
Wishard MLP offers services at these locations:
Wishard MLP Partners
Wishard's Medical-Legal Partnership is supported by Wishard Health Services, St. Margaret's Hospital Guild, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust and United Way of Central Indiana through the Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation.
For more information, please contact Wishard's MLP Director, Anna Obergfell
, at 317.630.6798.