The Mount Sinai Medical Legal Partnership (“MSMLP”) has opened a legal clinic for Mount Sinai Health System breast cancer patients needing legal assistance to navigate issues arising from their diagnoses, including issues relating to unemployment, housing, social security benefits and end-of-life documents.
In a press release, MSMLP’s Executive Director Allison Charney stated: “We want all of our breast cancer patients to be able to focus on getting healthy, and when the ground is falling out from underneath you due to work or housing issues, on top of a cancer diagnosis, that can feel impossible. We work to address a patient’s legal needs…to improve the overall health of our community and end the vicious cycle in which illness and disease are both cause and consequence of poverty.”
The Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metropolitan area, with eight hospitals and more than 800 outpatient practices. MSMLP was founded in 2016 to provide Mount Sinai patients needing such assistance with free legal services in eight clinics.
Mount Sinai’s press release announcing the new legal clinic is linked here.