Legal Aid Can Improve Health

Effects of poverty harm health. Socio-economic problems, like access to food, domestic violence, and substandard housing, cause and exacerbate illness and injury and may reduce adherence to healthcare treatment plans.

When patients’ housing, educational, safety, and financial needs are met, medical interventions can have best impact and the need for ongoing medical care may be decreased.

In many situations, Pisgah Legal poverty law attorneys are uniquely qualified to help patients to:

  • escape an abusive relationship;
  • defend their rights with a disreputable landlord;
  • preserve their housing and avoid homelessness;
  • avoid predatory creditors; or
  • navigate bureaucratic red tape to secure Medicaid or disability benefits.


Our Partnerships include:

Hot Springs Health Program (HSHP): The Pisgah Legal Services Health Advocate provides on-site help to HSHP patents referred for ACA marketplace assistance. Additionally, the Health Advocate ensures that HSHP patients have access to help in filing for federal tax credits and/or civil legal assistance in all PLS practice areas.

Resource Intensive Comprehensive Case Management Team (RICCM): A partnership between VAYA, Mission Health, RHA Behavioral Health, Inc., and Pisgah Legal Services offering case management and legal services to high emergency department users with behavioral health needs. Pisgah Legal helps these clients secure Social Security Disability benefits, often through the SOAR program, and also addresses other legal needs.

Western North Carolina Community Health Services (WNCCHS): In 2022, Pisgah Legal and WNCCHS created a partnership to offer all PLS services to WNCCHS patients through an on-site Medical Legal Partnership Staff Attorney.