The Kentucky Bar Association, through the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program, is excited to partner with an Employee Assistance Program to offer the opportunity for mental health support to Kentucky’s lawyers and judges. All of the assistance remains COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL, pursuant to S.C.R. 3.990. Services became available November 1, 2017
This new partnership will provide additional mental health support for Kentucky’s lawyers and judges. The Employee Assistance Program will offer phone assistance after hours and on weekends. Simply call the KYLAP office anytime night or day, on our direct phone number and after hours you will be directly connected to our new CONFIDENTIAL Employee Assistance Program. Our direct office number is (502) 226-9373 or call the Kentucky Bar Association switchboard at (502) 564-3795, ext. 266. Someone will be available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you need immediate care, KYLAP, with assistance from our Employee Assistance Program, can connect you with one of hundreds of mental health providers all across the state (and even across the country), and you will have an appointment in your area (or in the area you choose) in as little as 24 hours, but in no event no more than 48 hours. The provider you are referred to will be a licensed professional. If you have insurance or would like to pay privately, that will be accepted (according to the provider’s guidelines). If you are unable to pay and meet the income criteria, you will receive up to four (4) clinical sessions at no charge to you. The Kentucky Bar Association and KYLAP are providing this service to its members free of charge, when income criteria are met. If you need additional services and are unable to pay for those, additional assistance may be available through the KYLAP Foundation https://www.kylap.org/foundation.
At the Kentucky Bar Association and the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program, we recognize that lawyers and judges are suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues, including depression and severe and chronic stress and anxiety, at a rate far higher than the general population. We understand that good mental health and wellness are essential for the sustainability of our profession. We are committed to offering this service to you to help you address mental health issues before you reach a crisis in your life and in your career.
Look for additional information and advertising about these services in upcoming issues of the Bench & Bar, in eNews, and on the KYLAP and KBA websites.