Medical-Legal Partnership

Improving Child Health

The Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP) improves the health and welfare of low-income children and their families.

To make legal services easily accessible for the children and families we serve, our offices are on-site at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Charter Oak Health Center, and Yale-New Haven Hospital. We provide traditional legal representation with a comprehensive approach to the healthcare and mental health care needs of each child.

Changing the Culture of Pediatric Health Care

Our attorneys partner with pediatric providers in low income communities to improve children’s access to appropriate care and reduce social and environmental factors – such as substandard housing, inadequate income and benefits, disability rights, access to education and health care – that adversely affect children’s health.

Our partnerships with medical providers allow us to collaboratively address medical and legal issues discovered and treated in the clinical setting. We provide education, training and collaborative advocacy. We work with regional and national partners to replicate medical-legal collaborations throughout the country.

Helping Children and Families

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Legal Representation

The Partnership represents clients in matters relating to:

  • Housing – habitability and conditions, disability discrimination
  • Disability Benefits – including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) appeals
  • Public Benefits and Entitlements – public assistance and food stamp eligibility
  • Medicaid Advocacy – coverage denials for medically necessary care and treatment
  • Educational Rights – special education and related services for children with disabilities
  • Immigration
  • Civil Rights – children’s confidentiality and emancipation rights
  • Access to Appropriate Services for Children with Disabilities

Education and Training

The MLP provides training and education on issues affecting children’s health outcomes to  medical, social work, and legal providers throughout the state. Sessions include cross-training by medical experts for legal advocates. Opportunities include:

  • Grand rounds, hospital-wide trainings and seminars for legal practitioners
  • In-service sessions for pediatric departments, individual consultations to medical and social work staff
  • Conference presentations  to medical, social work and legal providers
  • Residency Training Programs in Pediatric Medicine and Psychiatry – through UCONN School of Medicine

Systemic Advocacy

In collaboration with our healthcare partners, we identify health related issues that require systemic intervention to improve children’s health and quality of life outcomes. Administrative and legislative advocacy help change state systems to benefit children throughout Connecticut.

Interdisciplinary Teams with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and UConn Health Center

The Center for Children’s Advocacy, in partnership with the UConn Schools of Law, Medicine, and Social Work, established two interdisciplinary teams: one at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and one at UConn Health Center. The Teams unite professionals including attorneys, pediatricians, child and adolescent psychiatrists, and social workers in a collaborative, problem-solving approach to individual cases and systemic issues. The teams enhance our representation of individual clients and provide a forum for members to develop solutions to systemic problems affecting Connecticut’s most vulnerable children.

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Project Director 
Jay E. Sicklick
(860) 714-1412    Fax: (860) 570-5256

Senior Staff Attorney 
Bonnie Roswig
(860) 714-1412    Fax: (860) 545-9234

Staff Attorney
Alice Rosenthal

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