Eskenazi Health Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) seeks to address civil legal issues that affect patients’ health. By addressing the underlying social factors that many patients face, the MLP contributes to improved health outcomes.

Eskenazi Health MLP began in 2008 and has processed hundreds of referrals for legal services. The MLP partners with Indiana Legal Services, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Faegre Baker Daniels and Ice Miller to provide free legal services at various Eskenazi Health locations.

Physicians, nurses and social workers can incorporate legal services into a patient’s overall treatment plan. After receiving a referral to the MLP, patients can meet with an MLP attorney, certified legal intern or paralegal at their Eskenazi Health Center site to receive appropriate advice or representation.

Patients interested in MLP services are asked to talk with their nurse, physician or social worker at one of the designated MLP sites for a referral. MLP services are offered at Eskenazi Health Center North Arlington, Eskenazi Health Center Pecar, Eskenazi Health Center Forest Manor, Eskenazi Health Center WestsideEskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health, and the Eskenazi Health Center Transgender Health & Wellness Program.

MLP offers assistance with:

  • Housing
  • Consumer rights
  • Immigration
  • Family and stability
  • Medicaid disability benefits
  • Education law
  • Decision-making
  • Gender marker changes

At the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, the MLP can also assist with guardianship of incapacitated adults in the ICU, Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center, Center for Youth & Adults with Conditions of Childhood and the Acute Care for Elders unit when a family member or friend is available to become the guardian. The MLP also offers advanced care and end-of-life planning services for patients in Eskenazi Health Oncology and the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center. Starting in the fall of 2016, Eskenazi Health Center of Hope patients will have access to MLP services related to their domestic and sexual assault concerns. This expansion is supported by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute STOP Program.

The MLP does not assist with divorce proceedings, bankruptcy, criminal defense or personal injury matters.

For more information, please contact the Eskenazi Health Medical-Legal Partnership at 317.880.4812.