Safe-At-Home Family Law Attorney
The Lancaster Bar Association and the Lancaster Law Foundation support MidPenn Legal Services by supplementing the Safe-At-Home Family Law Attorney for fiscal year 2019-2020. The family law attorney assists Lancaster County residents with emergency family law matters to achieve a stable family environment. To achieve this, the family law attorney provides low-income residents with legal counsel, advice, and representation primarily in child custody matters. This project has been operational in Lancaster County since 2005 and the work of the family law attorney has benefited hundreds of families.
Medical Legal Partnership
The Lancaster Law Foundation also supports MidPenn's Medical Legal Partnership work with Lancaster General Hospital/Penn Medicine. The Lancaster Medical Legal Partnership began in 2008 and has the distinction of being the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. Since that time, it has gained national attention as a best practice for how legal services and medical professionals can work together to resolve the medical and legal issues of consumers. The MidPenn managing attorney works collaboratively with medical staff at Penn Medicine's "Care Connections" program including doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and others to provide a multidisciplinary, holistic health care delivery model for patients with higher than expected hospital utilization. Patients are enrolled in Care Connections based on a mix of inpatient hospitalizations, chronic disease states, and psychosocial risk factors including financial instability, housing insecurity, lack of social support, and/or behavioral health issues. The goal is to address not only the medical but also the legal needs of these individuals that are causing their frequent hospitalizations.