Viera VA Medical-Legal Partnership
According to the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership:
Social determinants of health – the circumstances in which people are born, grow up, live, work, play, and age, as well as the systems designed to improve health and treat illness – have a significant impact on the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Many of these social conditions can be traced to laws that are unfairly applied or under-enforced, often leading to the improper denial of services and benefits that are designed to help vulnerable people.
One in six people lives in poverty, and research shows that each of those individuals has at least one civil legal problem that negatively affects their health. That translates to nearly 50 million Americans who need some sort of legal care to be healthy…. Homeless veterans require legal care to help stabilize their housing and income. The 2011 CHALENG survey of homeless veterans and their healthcare providers reported that three of the top ten needs of homeless veterans were for legal assistance – to prevent housing eviction and to assist with child support and military discharge issues that affect income.
CLSMF and Viera VA Medical-Legal Partnership
The Viera VA Medical-Legal Partnership is a collaboration between the Viera VA Outpatient Clinic and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) intended to help increase the health and wellness of veteran patients by addressing their unmet civil legal needs.
During medical visits, VA healthcare staff members identify potential legal issues that veteran patients may be facing. If a legal problem is identified the case is referred to the onsite CLSMF legal clinic.
The Viera VA MLP can assist veterans with limited income who need free legal assistance in civil matters, including:
- VA BENEFITS: Complex disability claims and appeals
- DISCHARGE UPGRADES: Upgrades and corrections of less than honorable discharges
- HOUSING: Foreclosure and other housing problems including landlord-tenant issues
- PUBLIC BENEFITS: Accessing unemployment, social security, disability, and food stamps.
- LICENSE SUSPENSION
- OTHER LEGAL ISSUES
Veterans must apply to receive free legal services.
To apply please call 800-405-1417
Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Watch this video and see the impact a Medical Legal Partnership can have