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.
Could you use a free, confidential, and “virtual” helping hand? COLAP’s got you covered.
While the initial shock and stress of world events and shelter-in-place has passed, we continue to face new and difficult stressors. You might feel isolated, overwhelmed with urgent demands on your time and attention, or be juggling multiple personal and professional issues that include physical illness and financial concerns. Heightened stress can also exacerbate behavioral health issues such as anxiety, depression, substance use, and addiction. Your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program (COLAP)<coloradolap.org> is open and providing free and confidential assistance for the legal community. Click here<coloradolap.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/TIPS_Lawyers_Teleworking-and-Staying-Calm-During-Difficult-and-Changing-Times_041420.pdf> for quick tips on teleworking and staying calm during changing times. For a confidential consultation and discussion about your stressors, helpful resources, or to schedule a free ethics CLE well-being webinar for your firm or organization, contact your Colorado Lawyer Assistance Program: 303-986-3345 or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>. * All calls and emails are confidential * Click here<coloradolap.org/home/support-groups> for information on virtual support group meetings exclusively for the legal community through CLHL.
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, three 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 Waterman Fund page . All information about applicants and awards are confidential. Please direct your questions or a completed Application to Lori Krupske at 303-824-5331 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