Camden Coalition’s Medical-Legal Partnership

Integrating legal aid to improve complex care in Camden

In many cases, legal issues — like a threatened eviction, a benefits denial, or a utility shut-off — become barriers to better health. The medical-legal partnership model integrates attorneys into healthcare settings to resolve social needs that can undermine a patients’ health and wellbeing and can be better met through the legal system. Patients with frequent hospitalizations commonly experience a broad range of legal barriers that impede their ability to meet their basic needs and stay healthy. To better address the health-related social needs of community members involved in our complex care intervention, the Camden Coalition has partnered with Rutgers Law School to pilot a medical-legal partnership.

When participants in our intervention encounter potential legal issues, our care team works closely with a consulting lawyer to assess their legal needs and provide legal guidance to help navigate around complex issues. When necessary, the lawyer accompanies the care team to meet with patients and directly provides them legal services.

By addressing the legal concerns faced by many patients with complex needs, we can better equip them with the knowledge and resources they need to manage their chronic conditions and improve their overall wellbeing.

Read more about our Medical-Legal Partnership pilot program with Rutgers Law School.