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.

Housing Rights & Eviction Helpline

 

Eskenazi Health patients are invited to call the Housing Rights & Eviction Helpline at 317.536.1387 with questions and concerns related to the apartment, townhouse or home they rent. A partnership with Indiana Legal Services, patients can call the hotline and discuss any of the following areas of concern:

  1. Evictions

    • Non-payment of rent – Eligibility for rental assistance or for protection under federal or state laws (moratorium) which prohibit evictions
    • Lease violation – Initiation of communications with landlord to establish a payment plan or determine what actions are needed to correct the lease violation(s)
    • Federal-subsidized housing – Education on additional steps a landlord must take prior to eviction to ensure certain rights of the tenant are preserved
  2. Conditions in the Home Affecting Health

    • Assistance obtaining action from the court and local board of health regarding mold, no heat or air conditioning, lock-outs, etc. to force the landlord to make necessary and immediate repairs
    • If conditions require immediate move out, assistance with facilitating that process with the landlord
  3. Termination of Section 8 Benefits or Housing Choice Voucher

    • Investigation of what defenses may be available to prevent termination on a case-by-case basis
  4. Rights for Victims of Crime

    • Special protections such as having locks changed and/or terminating a lease early without penalty, applicable for some victims of crime, such as domestic violence
  5. Damages Hearings and Security Deposit Returns

    •  Advisement on recovery of security deposits if it is illegally withheld by a landlord

The helpline is open for calls on Tuesdays from 9 – 11 a.m., Wednesdays from 2 – 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 – 11 a.m.

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