Eskenazi Health physicians, nurses and social workers can incorporate legal services into a patient’s overall treatment plan. By addressing the underlying social factors that many patients face, Eskenazi Health Medical-Legal Partnership contributes to improved health outcomes. After receiving a referral to the Medical-Legal Partnership, patients can meet with an attorney, certified legal intern or paralegal to receive appropriate advice or representation.

Medical-Legal Partnership began in 2008 and has processed thousands of referrals for legal services. Partner organizations that provide free legal services include Indiana Legal Services, Faegre Baker Daniels, Eli Lilly and Joseph Maley Foundation.

Patients interested in civil Medical-Legal Partnership services are asked to talk with their nurse, physician or social worker at an Eskenazi Health Center or Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center location.

Medical-Legal Partnership offers assistance with:

  • Housing
  • Consumer rights
  • Immigration
  • Family and stability
  • Government benefits
  • Education law
  • Decision-making
  • Gender marker changes/name changes
  • Expungement (setting aside a criminal conviction)

Specialty Services

The program also assists with services such as:

  • Guardianship of incapacitated adults seen at the Center for Youth & Adults with Conditions of Childhood (CYACC) when a family member or friend is available to become the guardian
  • Advanced care and end-of-life planning services for patients in Eskenazi Health Oncology and preparation of advanced planning documents at an annual wills clinic held each summer for all Eskenazi Health patients
  • Legal guidance related to domestic and sexual assault concerns for patients seen in the Eskenazi Health Center of Hope (supported by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute STOP Program)

Medical-Legal Partnership does not assist with divorce proceedings, bankruptcy, criminal defense or personal injury matters.

For more information, please contact Medical-Legal Partnership at 317.880.4814.

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