Medical-legal partnerships serving veterans: History, growth & progress

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Medical-legal partnerships are an important part of the VA’s strategy to enable Veterans to achieve health and well-being. The last decade has seen steady growth of Veteran-specific MLPs across the country, from only one in 2009 to thirty-one as of January 2019, no doubt because of the VA’s 2011 Directive that encouraged VA Medical Centers to provide space for legal services to meet Veterans where they are. This issue brief provides a look at the state of the VA MLP field – why and how legal services have grown in VA Medical Centers, where VA MLPs are operating today, and considerations for the future.

Theiss J, Trott J, Peterson A. Medical-Legal Partnerships Serving Veterans: History, Growth & Progress. Washington, DC: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership; 2019. Available online.

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