Medical-Legal Partnership

Improving Children’s Health Outcomes and Eliminating Barriers to Care

The Center’s Medical-Legal Partnership Project began in 2000 as Connecticut’s first medical-legal collaboration and the second of its kind in the U.S. Our MLPP is now a national leader, providing interdisciplinary legal intervention and working with partners to address healthcare disparities for children at risk.

We partner with pediatric providers in low income communities to improve access to appropriate care and reduce social and environmental factors – such as substandard housing, inadequate income and benefits, disability rights, access to education and health care – that adversely affect children’s health.

Our community-based locations allow families to easily access medical-legal services. We are on site at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital, The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Burgdorf/Bank of America Health Center, and Charter Oak Health Center. 


Six Basic Questions to Help Medical Providers Assess Family Situation

  1. Do you have enough food?
  2. Are your housing conditions safe?
  3. Is there enough money to pay for basic necessities?
  4. Do you have problems getting your health insurance to pay for services and medications?
  5. Is your child receiving an appropriate education?
  6. Do you have a disabled child who needs support at home, in school, or in the community?


Who is Eligible?

MLPP attorneys provide legal advocacy for low-income families. There is no charge for services. Referrals are received from pediatric and family medicine providers and at MLPP clinics on site at walk-in community healthcare clinics. We represent clients in matters including:

Working with Providers Changes the Culture of Care

The MLPP trains, supports and collaborates with healthcare and mental health providers to address the complexities of poverty-related health issues:


Changing the System

Healthcare partners collaborate with our MLPP attorneys to identify systemic issues that will lead to improved healthcare outcomes for the most vulnerable children. Priority areas include:


MLPP Publications, Presentations and Articles »


Project Director 
Jay E. Sicklick
860-570-5327    Fax: 860-570-5256

Senior Staff Attorney 
Bonnie Roswig
860-545-8581    Fax: 860-545-9234

Staff Attorney
Alice Rosenthal

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 860-545-8581
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center 860-714-1412
Yale-New Haven Hospital 203-688-0113

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