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MLP Network

Within Dementia Care Aware, the Medical-Legal Partnership Network (MLP Network) has partnered with legal aid organizations and health care systems across California. The MLP Network has developed trainings for primary care teams on common legal issues that affect people with cognitive impairment. 

What Can the MLP Network Offer Me? 

The DCA MLP Network is available to provide free trainings (in-person and/or virtually) to primary care clinicians and teams on the following medical-legal topics: Advance Care Planning, Capacity, Consumer Debt, Disability Forms, Elder Abuse & Neglect, Housing, Income Supports, Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services, & Long-Term Care, Paid Family Leave, Planning Needs & Considerations for Immigrants, and Preventing the Need for Conservatorship.  


To schedule a training or learn more about the DCA MLP Network, please contact [email protected].

CE and CME/MOC credit is available to attendees.

Resources for Patients, Care Partners and Health Professionals

For more information, visit our Resources Page and select “Medical-Legal Resources” from the Topic menu or click here!

LawHelpCA is the statewide resource for easy access to self-help information on legal problems and referrals to local legal aid providers and pro bono attorneys who offer free or low-cost legal advice and representation. 

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is a statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization. CANHR has been dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long term care consumers. Through direct advocacy, community education, legislation and litigation it has been CANHR’s goal to educate and support long term care consumers and advocates regarding the rights and remedies under the law, and to create a united voice for long term care reform and humane alternatives to institutionalization.

The CA State Bar’s Certified Lawyer Referral Services (LRS) are designed to help people find legal assistance. If a lawyer is needed, where available, they can refer to an attorney who handles that type of legal issue. The lawyers referred to will offer an initial consultation for a reduced fee or no fee. 

To find a local Certified Lawyer Referral Service: 

  • Use the State Bar’s directory or call the State Bar at 866-44-CA-LAW (866-442-2529). 

PREPARE for Your Care is a program that can help people: 

  • Make medical decisions for themselves and others 
  • Talk with their doctors 
  • Get the medical care that is right for them 


As part of the DCA Warmline consultation service, the MLP Network is available to answer questions to help primary care teams address common legal issues patients with cognitive impairment and their caregivers face and connect their patients to appropriate help in the community.

Call 1-800-933-1789 to connect with an MLP Network representative.

The MLP Network provides legal education only. If you are seeking legal advice (e.g., about liability) or have concerns on your own behalf, please contact a lawyer.

  Our Legal and Clinical Partners

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UCSF-UC Law Consortium
The UCSF-UC Law Consortium is a multidisciplinary collaborative that engages in education and training, research, and public service that advances health and health equity.
Legal Services of Northern California provides crucial legal services and engaging in complex, sophisticated advocacy—through litigation, legislation, administrative advocacy, and community development work.
Legal Aid at Work helps people understand and assert their workplace rights, and advocates for employment laws and systems that help those most in need.
Neighborhood Legal Services
Through a combination of direct representation, policy advocacy and impact litigation, NLSLA attorneys work to expand access to justice and address the most critical needs of people living in poverty throughout Los Angeles.
Public Law Center
PLC offers free legal services to low-income residents of Orange County on housing and homelessness prevention, community organizations legal assistance, families and children, consumer law, immigration, medical-legal partnerships, operation veterans re-entry, and federal tax.

ELA provides free civil legal services and Medicare counseling to qualifying seniors and people with disabilities and community education, events, and advocacy to advance seniors’ rights.
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UCLA offers a comprehensive network of primary and specialty care services, provides state-of-the-art patient care, and generates research discoveries leading to new treatments and diagnoses.
UCI Health
UCI Health is fiercely dedicated to the discovery of new medical frontiers, to the teaching of future healers and to the delivery of the finest evidence-based care.
As a top-tier academic medical center, UCSD School of Medicine’s role is to improve health through innovative research, education and patient care.

San Ysidro Health
San Ysidro Health is a non-profit organization committed to providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for the entire family.
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The Alzheimer’s Association works on a national and local level to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias by advancing vital research and fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives at the state and federal level.