National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership (NCMLP)
March 1, 2018
This issue brief by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership supports the need for legal services in addressing the non-medical issues for legal clients with substance use disorders(SUD)on their road to recovery. Citing case studies of existing recovery-based MLPs in Ohio, Indiana, and Nevada, this paper provides a well-supported argument for the impact of lawyers as significant actors in combating the ongoing opioid crisis.
In 2016, over 42,000 recorded deaths were by opioid overdose and 2.1 million Americans suffered from an opioid-related substance use disorder(SUD). As of September 2017, only four medical-legal partnerships (MLP) in the United States were dedicated specifically to treating individuals with SUD. This issue brief by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership examines three case studies in Cincinnati, OH, Indianapolis, IN, and Reno, NV to determine how MLP is aiding SUD victims in their recovery process in this region.
While it is recognized that SUD-focused MLPs are still within their developing stages and do not yet provide concrete data to support their effectiveness, this article emphasizes three key characteristics of SUD-based MLPs:
- Legal care should be an integrated, rather than stand-alone, service for people with SUD.
- Family law and policy work present significant opportunities for MLP to impact recovery.
- Integrated financing and metrics are needed to support MLP moving forward.
Moreover, this brief asserts that there is great potential for MLP services to effectively support the needs of patients with SUDs and help alleviate the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation.
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Research
Publication Type: Briefing Paper
Geographic coverage, US: Indiana, Nevada, Ohio
Topics: Legal Needs | Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic & Social Return on Investment | Benefits of Legal Aid: Other | Needs & Benefits | Medical-Legal Partnerships
Case type: Health
Practice Area: Health
Who Served: Disabled, Substance Use Disorders
How Provided: Delivery Systems e.g., MLPs
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