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Substance Use Disorder

Assistance for West Virginians with SUD

At Legal Aid of WV, we understand the recovery process is complex, and there are many civil legal issues that stand in the way of creating an environment where those with SUD can focus on recovery.

Our advocates and attorneys help with many issues that can complicate reentry or recovery, such as:

  • Expungement
  • Barriers to employment or housing
  • Driver’s license reinstatement

SUD-Focused Medical-Legal Partnership

In September 2019, Legal Aid of WV (LAWV), in collaboration with Equal Justice Works, entered into a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) with Cabin Creek Health Systems in Charleston, WV. 

Through this MLP, LAWV attorney Brendan Wood receives client referrals directly from Cabin Creek staff who recognize a potential issue for a client in recovery. This holistic approach to care helps quickly identify and assist with legal barriers while strengthening community recovery resources.

Jobs & Hope Program

LAWV also works with West Virginia’s Jobs & Hope Program, assisting clients with civil legal issues surrounding re-entry as part of the recovery process. The LAWV-Jobs & Hope partnership is a true partnership, in which we work closely with program staff and our clients.

The challenges clients face on re-entry include help obtaining proper identification and regaining their drivers license, record expungement, and addressing child custody and child support issues.

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