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MLSA gets $308K in LSC technology grant money

Thursday, November 9, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Legal Services Corporation announced today that Montana Legal Services Association will receive two of its 25 Technology Initiative Grants.

MLSA's two grants are for a total of $308,245.

LSC distributes up to $4 million annually to its affiliated legal aid organizations through the program, which support projects that develop and replicate technologies to improve efficiency and provide greater access to legal assistance for low-income Americans. This year, 22 legal organizations in 18 states will receive the grants.

MLSA's first grant, for $221,995, support its medical-legal partnership with community healthcare providers. The project is designed to foster an integrated approach to addressing legal problems faced by low-income individuals that negatively affect their health. It will combine data collected from electronic health records and legal case information into a system that better tracks health outcomes following legal interventions and conducts more comprehensive legal screenings when patients seek medical assistance.

MLSA's second grant, for $86,250, will support technical improvements to the MontanaLawHelp.org website. LSC says the changes include adding plain language readability, creating style guides to ensure best practices for future content, and improving search engine results. The project will also develop tools that will be shared among all 28 state network sites.

Montana’s U.S. senators each issued statements ccongratulating MLSA.

“Montana Legal Services provides important services for Montanans in need to access legal help," said Sen. Steve Daines. "Through this additional funding Montana Legal Services will continue to serve Montanans with high quality legal advice.”

“These resources will ensure Montanans can access legal advice regardless of their income," Sen. Jon Tester said. "I want to thank the Montana Legal Services Association for their hard work helping low-income Montanans navigate the complicated legal system in this country.”