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MFY Legal Services' Mental Health-Legal Partnership

By Jeanette Zelhof & Sara J. Fulton

The federal government and many states are promoting medical-legal partnerships as a cost-effective way to improve patients’ health. MFY Legal Services’ mental health-legal partnership with new York City mental health care providers is a pioneer: the collaboration since the mid-1980s benefits both patients and the institutions that serve them. By studying the MFY mental health-legal partnership, advocates can learn about the successes and challenges that MFY has faced in implementing its program and determine whether a medical-legal partnership would be appropriate for their clients.

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