According to the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, one in six Americans has a civil legal problem that negatively affects his or her health. Carolinas Medical-Legal Partnership (CMLP) is a collaborative effort that helps connect eligible patients in our community with legal services providers who can assist them in navigating civil legal issues. The legal team, which consists of attorneys from Legal Services of Southern Piedmont and Legal Aid of North Carolina, works with health care providers to identify and prioritize health-harming problems that can be solved by legal action, including poor housing conditions or the wrongful denial of public benefits. The partnership relies extensively on the assistance of pro bono attorneys to provide representation to clients. By addressing these legal needs, lawyers help alleviate obstacles to good health and give patients peace of mind during a difficult time in their lives.
The partnership is currently accepting referrals from health care providers at CMC Myers Park, CMC Biddle Point, Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute.
Health care providers at these organizations may refer a patient by filling out the referral form and emailing or faxing it to a member of the legal team.
How can I help expedite my patient’s referral?
- Include relevant information in the referral form. Let us know about any deadlines or hearing dates that are coming up.
- Attach additional pages with more information.
- If a Medicaid, NCHC, Food Stamp or Work First issue, patient may sign the Authorization to Release Information form (also available in Spanish).
- If a Wills referral, patient may fill out the Asset Valuation Worksheet (Spanish) and Estate Planning Questionnaire (Spanish)
Note: The forms above must accompany a referral. Please attach a copy of the original referral form if already submitted to ensure the documents are matched to the correct case.