Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership
Social and legal issues, such as a sick child living in unsafe housing or a disabled patient denied access to basic necessities, have a profound impact on health and recovery. The Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership embeds lawyers in Mount Sinai’s hospitals and practices offering free legal services in an environment patients know and trust. Lawyers work alongside Mount Sinai clinicians to end the vicious cycle in which illness and disease are both cause and consequence of poverty.
Our Patients’ Needs
The most common cases relate to income maintenance, housing, education and employment, immigration and family stability. Many of our patients living at or below the poverty line seldom have access to a lawyer to address such critical matters. In particular, when the health of an individual is in jeopardy, that individual often has 2-3 unmet legal needs, making access to justice even more vital.