By rule of the Colorado Supreme Court, there are two programs that offer assistance to attorneys, the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP) and the Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers (CLHL). Both programs offer information regarding additional resources that are available to attorneys. Financial assistance for attorneys may be available through the Waterman Fund.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, and you are a lawyer, judge, or law student, the Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program provides confidential assistance for any career challenge that interferes with the ability to be a productive member of the legal community. COLAP provides support for a wide variety of personal and professional issues such as: anxiety, depression, alcohol or substance use, stress/anger management, practice management, work/life balance, and relationship issues; referrals for counseling, therapy, and support groups such as CLHL; assistance with interventions; voluntary monitoring programs; supportive relationships with peer volunteers; and educational programs. COLAP is confidential and as such is exempt from reporting to the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. The Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program can be reached at (303) 986-3345. Please visit COLAP’s website at coloradolap.org.
Colorado Lawyers Helping Lawyers is a lawyer-to-lawyer program supported by the CBA and is available to all lawyers, judges, law school students, and graduates. The focus of CLHL is on helping those who are experiencing alcohol, substance abuse, and mental health issues. This is achieved through confidential peer support, education, referral, and outreach. The peer support program offered through CLHL does not provide treatment or evaluation services. Rather, CLHL provides peer support groups in Denver and a statewide "virtual" telephone support group. All groups preserve the confidentiality of participants. In addition, four attorneys are available for direct phone contact to discuss individual's personal issue and strategies for dealing with those problems. These calls are not for emergencies -- for those, people should contact 911.For a list of CLHL’s meeting times and locations, click here.
THE WATERMAN FUND provides financial assistance to Colorado lawyers who have practiced law in Colorado for at least 10 years, and are "…aged, infirm or otherwise incapacitated [and are] in good repute and standing." An Application can be downloaded from the Application Download page . All information about applicants and awards are confidential. Please direct your questions or a completed Application to Janet Bauer at (303) 824-5319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trained counselor at a crisis center in your area are available, anytime 24/7. 1-800-273-TALK (8255) suicidepreventionlifeline.org