ALTON — A new medical-legal partnership between WellSpring Resources and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation will help low-income individuals with mental health conditions access free legal services. This is the first mental health medical-legal partnership in Illinois.
Foundation Staff Attorney Latasha Barnes is helping to lead the project. Barnes was involved with two successful medical-legal partnerships in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County between 2008 and 2012.
“Bringing this partnership into a behavioral health setting will help a particularly vulnerable population,” Barnes said. “A large portion of people with serious mental health conditions suffer housing inequality, discrimination and many other barriers to sustainability and self-sufficiency. This program will help eliminate those barriers and improve individual well-being.”
The Advocacy Team will provide direct representation, brief legal assistance, and advice and counsel at WellSpring Resources. The partnership will make these services accessible to individuals experiencing mental health conditions and help them address legal issues such as housing stability, food security, personal safety, employment barriers and adequate health care access. The partnership also will benefit local college and university students by creating an internship program for students studying law or social work.
The partnership is funded in part by a grant from the Madison County Mental Health Board. For information, call Latasha Barnes at (618) 462-2331, ext. 2319.
Visit www.wellspringresources.co for information.