Partner Spotlight Series: New York Legal Assistance Group Partner Spotlight Series: New York Legal Assistance Group

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Partner Spotlight Series: New York Legal Assistance Group

LegalHealth’s Associate Director, Julie Brandfield with a patient.

Mount Sinai PPS Partner, New York Legal Assistance Group working with hospitals to advance DSRIP goals

One of the keys to DSRIP success will involve the collaboration between various community-based and social service organizations with traditional clinical facilities such as hospitals and primary care practices. A recent Crain’s New York Business op-ed piece written by Mount Sinai Health System’s President and Chief Executive, Dr. Kenneth L. Davis and Dr. Ramanathan Raju, President and Chief Executive of NYC Health + Hospital, highlights the importance of this type of collaboration.

New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) represents one of several community-based and social service organizations within the Mount Sinai PPS network supporting low-income patients and addressing barriers that affect patients’ health, beyond their clinical needs.

Each month Mount Sinai PPS will feature a partner in the newsletter and our website to highlight outstanding work within the community. The hope is to encourage ideas for collaboration across the network. If you’re interested in being featured, please e-mail tiffany.cheng@mountsinai.org

LegalHealth Supervising Attorney Kevin Kenneally assisting a patient and her child.

Since 2001, LegalHealth, a division of NYLAG, has partnered with hospitals and healthcare facilities across New York City to provide on-site legal advice and support to low-income patients for free. The healthcare provider is trained to identify the patient’s social and legal issues and then refers the patient to LegalHealth as needed. Mount Sinai was one of LegalHealth’s first partners when the on-site legal assistance program began years ago. Together they have helped many patients improve their health and quality of life including a woman facing stage-3 breast cancer whom NYLAG represented at housing court and eventually keeping her from being evicted.

“We aim to address social determinants, such as housing, immigration status, or insurance issues that affect a patient’s health. LegalHealth can help the PPS and other partners understand these concerns, which are often at the root of the patient’s problem,” said Beth Breslin, Policy Associate at NYLAG.

LegalHealth Supervising Attorney Kevin Kenneally assisting a patient and her child. NYLAG currently participates in multiple projects at Mount Sinai PPS, including Project 2biv, which focuses on the development of 30 day care transition services for patients after hospitalization. In a project like 2biv, LegalHealth’s services could have the potential to offer support to patients facing legal and social issues at discharge. Ms. Breslin is excited about the upcoming years in working with other partners to identify ways to help each other improve patients’ care.

“Being a part of DSRIP has been extremely rewarding because I’m a part of a group with a mission I can believe in.”

For more information about New York Legal Assistance Group and their work, please visit: www.nylag.org.

*This example comes directly from the Crain’s New York Business op-ed written http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20151122/OPINION/311229988?