Health Law Institute

The JRI Health Law Institute (HLI) offers holistic, client-centered, trauma-informed legal services to low-income individuals living with and at high risk for certain health conditions. Using a medical-legal partnership approach, our legal services are aimed at helping clients stabilize their lives so that they can focus on their medical care needs.

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At a Glance
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Focus: HLI provides advocacy and direct representation by an attorney to low-income clients on matters relating to basic subsistence needs including housing, public benefits, and healthcare.
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Sara Benjamin, Esq.
Program Director
555 Amory Street Suite 2
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(857) 399-1910
Rebekah Provost, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
555 Amory Street Suite 2
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(857) 399-1910
(857) 453-4557
Melissa Hurst
Senior Staff Attorney
476 Appleton Street, Suite 5
Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 372-2093
(413) 425-1075
Serving the Underserved: Closer to Home

Through our program, "Serving the Underserved: Closer to Home," the Health Law Institute is able to provide legal services onsite at collaborating health centers and multi-service agencies in underserved locations including throughout western and southeast Massachusetts. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.

General Intake Contact Information

HLI Intake Line: (857) 399-1910

HLI Intake E-mail:

If you have a question about a specific legal issue or the types of services we offer, please call our general intake line or send us an email. Please note that contacting HLI does not guarantee that you will receive legal help. The information you email to HLI may not be protected by attorney-client privilege. Please do not send any confidential or sensitive information (e.g., Social Security number or health information) via email.

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For assistance determining which programs or services will meet your individualized need, please fill out the form below. Our Service Navigator will reach out to you about your inquiry via phone, text, or email. If you have a question regarding a particular program, please contact the Program Director listed in the “Let’s Connect” box above. 

Please note that this form is not HIPAA compliant.  We urge you not to include protected health information.

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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.