This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
Thursday, November 1 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
MLCP-LA: Showcasing Innovations in Technology, Partnership, and Funding to Bring Legal Services to Most Vulnerable Los Angeles County Residents

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This workshop will introduce an innovative approach to providing county-wide legal services by showcasing the development of Medical Legal Community Partnership-Los Angeles (MLCP-LA). MLCP-LA is focused on helping the most vulnerable Los Angeles County residents overcome barriers keeping them from stability. It is a partnership among the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Whole Person Care Program (WPC), Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County as the lead agency, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and Mental Health Advocacy Services. DHS’ Whole Person Care program leverages community health workers with relevant lived experience to support LA County’s Medi-Cal eligible beneficiaries facing homelessness, serious mental illness, chronic hospitalizations, substance use disorders, and other critical needs. MLCP-LA helps individual Whole Person Care participants, empowers DHS’ community health workers, and works to identify and overcome systemic barriers. MLCP-LA leveraged funding through Medicaid waiver dollars, developed technological referral and intake innovations, created a hybrid service delivery system, and formed a strong collaboration of premiere nonprofit law firms focusing on major barriers impacting poverty. Through a panel presentation and interactive discussion, this workshop will provide an overview into the development, service delivery, data collection, and partnerships established to create MLCP-LA. Attendees will also be provided with a framework and space for discussion to help identify and materialize similar local opportunities.


Silvia Argueta

Executive Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Silvia Argueta is the executive director at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the frontline law firm for low-income individuals in Los Angeles County. LAFLA is committed to promoting access to justice, strengthening communities, fighting discrimination, and effecting systemic... Read More →
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Yvonne Mariajimenez

Deputy Director, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Yvonne is the deputy director for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a LSC-funded law firm that provides free legal services and advocacy to poor and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. Yvonne is at the head of many aspects of... Read More →

Gerson Sorto

Associate Supervising Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Gerson Sorto is an associate supervising attorney with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County overseeing the program’s five Medical Legal Community Partnerships (MLCPs). He has led NLSLA’s efforts as the lead agency implementing the MLCP–LA project with the LA County... Read More →

Helen Tran

Staff Attorney, Legal Aid FOundaiton of Los Angeles
Helen Tran is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for the Medical-Legal Community Partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Before joining LAFLA, Ms. Tran worked at the Health Consumer Center of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Chevy Chase Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

Attendees (11)