Who We Are and What We Do
Lawyers’ Assistance Program is a not-for-profit organization that helps Illinois lawyers, judges, law students, and their families concerned about alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or stress related issues like anxiety, burnout, depression, and many others. Our services include individual and group therapy, assessments, education, peer support, and intervention.
Confidentiality is guaranteed. Illinois Supreme Court Rule 1.6. cloaks in confidentiality all information received by LAP volunteers and trained interveners during interventions and related meetings. Both the volunteer and client are assured that anything disclosed is specifically protected by the attorney client privilege. The only exception is if the client signs a release of information and asks LAP to report on his or her behalf to another organization or individual. Additionally, the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Interveners and Reporter Immunity Law guarantees immunity for LAP Volunteers and those who participate in its work.
MEET WITH A LAP CLINICIAN: LAP will invite you to come into our offices for a consultation and assessment. Because we serve the entire state of Illinois from just two offices, occasionally our clients are geographically too removed for an in person appointment. In such cases, the consultation and assessment will be conducted over the telephone, and the LAP staff will work to find you confidential and affordable services which are geographically convenient.
CONSULTATION AND ASSESSMENT: Your first meeting with a LAP Clinician will most likely involve a series of questions covering your background, your concerns, and your current goals. It will also include information on the range of free and confidential services available through LAP. Based on this conversation, the LAP Clinician will make recommendations. Such recommendations may include, but not be limited to: one of LAP’s therapy groups, individual therapy with one of LAP’s clinicians or a referral to an unaffiliated therapist, referral to a treatment center and/or peer support counseling.
FOLLOW UP: Regardless of the recommendation, you will continue to be a LAP client for as long as you see fit. We will continue to follow up with you whether you make use of our services or choose to seek support somewhere else. You are always welcome to come back to LAP, no matter what has happened or how long it has been since you last contacted us.