Some doctors can write a prescription for legal services that might mean housing for a family

Thanks to an unusual specialist at her primary care clinic, Beth Lawler Stichter got a remedy for what many may not see as a medical problem. “I was homeless,” Lawler Stichter said.

News Story (Colorado)

Donna Bryson
October 14, 2019

Tags: Medical-Legal Partnerships


Across the country, hospitals and clinics are integrating lawyers into their medical practices.

They’ve begun seeing, for example, that a doctor’s prescription could only do so much for patients with no homes where they can refrigerate medications that need to be kept cool.

In that vein, Lawler Stichter’s doctor had referred her to Scanlon, one of two full-time lawyers who have established Medical Legal Partnership Colorado as part of Salud, a group of clinics serving low-income patients. Lawyers on clinic staffs have taken landlords to court to force them to address lead or other environmental problems that were making children sick, and helped families navigate benefit-bureaucracies to get food stamps for nutritious meals.