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Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP)

The Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) provides legal aid to children in Chelsea, Massachusetts who face barriers to educational access or are at risk for school exclusion–both involuntary (suspension or expulsion) and voluntary (dropout)–through a first-of-its-kind medical-legal partnership between the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM) and Massachusetts General Hospital-Chelsea HealthCare Center (MGH-Chelsea). MGH-Chelsea is the primary care provider for most of Chelsea’s nearly 6000 public school students, the majority of whom present health challenges, trauma, and other risk factors making them susceptible to educational difficulties. MGH-Chelsea and CLCM are working together to improve educational outcomes for this vulnerable population by creating a medical-legal partnership focused on legal assistance for youth in need of educational advocacy. The partnership will identify problems at an early stage, increasing the likelihood of a collaborative resolution between schools, families, and the medical-legal team.

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