AmeriCorps VISTA: Medical Legal Community Partnership

Come spend a year in Philadelphia as an AmeriCorps VISTA!

The Medical-Legal Community Partnership (MLCP) provides free legal assistance to patients with substance use disorder (SUD) at two medicine assisted therapy (MAT) programs.  This project brings together lawyers and health professionals to provide holistic care to people in addiction recovery. As a VISTA, your work will allow the MLCP to aid more patients with  SUD and address the social determinants of health, including stable housing, family safety, access to food, and critical income supports, that may impact their recoveries.

Some of the VISTA responsibilities will include:

  • Assist the new MLCP attorney with the implementation of the Medical-Legal Partnership model in an MAT setting by developing systems for outreach, referral, and patient and health partner education;
  • Develop and potentially implement best practices for the delivery of legal services to MAT patients and assess the impact of the previously tested MLCP model on this new patient population;
  • Build the sustainability of the MAT-MLCP project by seeking and acquiring additional financial and human resources.

Skills sought in an applicant include:

·  Spoken and written Spanish language skills (preferred)

·  Strong interpersonal skills and empathy

·  Problem-solving and analytical abilities

·  Strong written and oral communication skills

·  Very self-motivated

Compensation for a MLCP VISTA includes:

·  Modest living allowance (approximately $14,312 per year)

·  Housing stipend ($500)

·  Health Insurance

·  SEPTA Transportation Pass

·  Education Award of approx. $6,000 (or cash award of approx. $1,800) upon completion of service year

PLA values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. PLA invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.  

Applications considered on a rolling basis, so express your interest as soon as possible. This is a one year service year term through the PHENND Fellows program (note: that the deadlines listed on PHENND's website do not apply to this position). Applications must be submitted through the portal-- do not send application materials directly to PLA. Questions regarding the application process or positions at PLA can be sent to Greta Diem, Development Associate at PLA and AmeriCorps VISTA alum,; or more general PHENND Fellows questions should be forward to PHENND.

How To Apply: 

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