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ABLE SERVICES

Medical-Legal Partnership for Children

The Toledo Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) is a unique program in which doctors and lawyers work together to provide legal services to pediatric patients and their families on a broad range of issues that affect child health and wellbeing. Patients served by the MLPC are the most vulnerable in our community – children living in poverty.

Pediatricians recognize that the health status of their small patients is often negatively affected by social and environmental conditions that cannot be remedied through medical care alone. The establishment of the MLPC has allowed medical personnel to witness firsthand the benefits that onsite legal assistance can provide to patients.



Legal Aid helped Susie*
get the benefits she deserved.

Susie had been trying to obtain Social Security supplemental Security Income Benefits for her son, Brian, who has oppositional defiant disorder. Because Brian meets many of the criteria for an autism diagnosis, the staff at the clinic referred Susie to the MLPC attorney, who helped her gather both medical and school related evidence on Brian's severe impairments.

At a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, Susie and Brian's case manager provided testimony on Brian's disability. As a result, Brian was awarded disability benefits and arrearages dating back to July 2006.

(*not her real name)

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By providing access to legal services through a trusted environment, such as a medical clinic, the MLPC reaches families who often do not realize they have legal rights or know how to access an attorney. Approximately 75 percent of MLPC clients have never before requested services from legal aid.

The MLPC is a collaborative partnership among Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO),  Mercy Children's Hospital and Mercy Family Care Center, and University Pediatrics at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

The MLPC's mission is to:

1. To provide training, consultation, resources, and education for medical and mental health providers;

2. To provide free onsite legal assistance to children and families in need; and

3. To engage in systemic advocacy to improve the health and wellbeing of children throughout the Toledo community.

For additional information, visit the full MLPC website at mlpc.ablelaw.org


BROCHURE

General Information about the MLPC (PDF)

This project is a partnership among Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), Mercy Children's Hospital, ProMedica Toledo Children's Hospital, and University Pediatrics at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

The Toledo MLPC provides services at Mercy Children's Hospital, the Mercy Family Care Center, other Mercy Pediatric Care providers.

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BROCHURE

2013 Report to the Community (PDF)

The Toledo Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC) is a unique program in which doctors and lawyers work together to provide free legal services to pediatric patients and their families on a broad range of issues that affect child health and wellbeing. Patients served by the MLPC are the most vulnerable in our community – children living in poverty.

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