If you are concerned about yourself or about a partner, associate, colleague, judge, or a family member, help is available here.
Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) services address a range of issues, such as:
- Stress and Burnout
- Anxiety, Depression, or other Mood Disorders
- Anger Management
- Substance Abuse
- Process addictions, such as food, sex, gambling
- Grief and loss
- Work Transitions
- Balancing the demands of practice and family
Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program addresses those issues through judge and attorney assistance services such as:
Assessments and Evaluations
These services are helpful for individuals, firms, and family members who are uncertain about the extent of a problem. Assessments and evaluations are generally done in one to three sessions.
Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program has referral sources to meet the specific needs of the individual. Information related to alcohol abuse/addiction, drug abuse/addiction, mental health problems, physical disabilities, and issues related to aging is available. Referral options for treatment facilities, mental health agencies, hospitals, and private practitioners are available and based on identified, individualized needs.
Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program provides family member, judge, attorney and law student assistance in the form of free therapy services. When appropriate, JLAP will make referrals.
The most effective interventions are planned events, with participants who have gained knowledge of the process, rehearsed the intervention process and are professionally led. JLAP professionals can provide the colleagues and family members of a judge or attorney assistance in determining the appropriateness of an intervention as well as in facilitating interventions.
Professional Monitoring Contracts
Research supports the effectiveness of contracts to support participants in achieving their goals. These individualized, monitoring contracts also provide documentation of behavioral change in situations where the judge’s or lawyer’s impairment has resulted in disciplinary violations or at the request of a firm.
Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program provides speakers to educate the legal community on contemporary topics of alcohol abuse/addiction, drug abuse/addiction, mental health problems, physical disabilities, and issues related to aging. JLAP staff members, and often volunteers, speak with bar associations, law firms and legal organizations on specific topics and services provided by the Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program.