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How Positive Sobriety Institute Partners with Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program

May 31, 2018

Note from Dan Angres, MD, Medical Director of Positive Sobriety Institute 

We are thrilled to announce that the Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) has chosen Positive Sobriety Institute as one of its partners in providing treatment for substance use and co-occurring disorders for attorneys, judges, law students and their families.

As the founder and medical director of Positive Sobriety Institute, I’ve worked with professionals in safety-sensitive professions such as healthcare and the law for 35 years. I can say without reserve that the work being done by Buddy Stockwell, executive director of the Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, is astounding. JLAP has demonstrated annual programming success rates as high as 97% in abstinence for the members of the legal profession who utilize their monitoring program.

JLAP clinical standards are based on best practices from physicians’ health programs, which provide assessment, treatment and monitoring for physicians in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. In published studies, physicians’ health programs have a proven high rate of success in helping healthcare professionals achieve long-term sobriety and continue to practice medicine.  

One of the questions we have sought to answer in the addiction medicine research is whether the high rates of success among healthcare professionals is translatable to other professions. Louisiana’s JLAP has shown that they are. This is profoundly important for our field.

To help attorneys struggling with addiction understand how lawyers assistance programs can help them, Stockwell shares what attorneys entering JLAP can expect, what motivates him, and how his organization works to ensure lawyers receive the best addiction rehab.

CONTINUE READING HERE

June 12th, 2018|

Continued Success at the 2nd Annual Retreat for National LAP and JLAP Directors

 

On May 4-6th 2018, Directors and Assistant Directors, from across the country and Canada, came together in Atlanta, GA, for the second Annual Independent LAP and JLAP Directors Retreat. Expanding on the success of last year’s meeting, this year’s event was organized by the North Carolina, Delaware, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin programs.

The mission of this retreat is to provide a closed, confidential forum wherein State LAP and JLAP Directors and Assistant Directors can engage on a business level as a group and share in-depth information about the challenges they face and discuss strong strategic planning methods.

Several presentations were made over the course of the one-and-a-half-day meeting including: how to best assist law schools; spreading the word through pro-active marketing; and individual breakout sessions discussing specialized challenges for both large and small LAP/JLAP programs.

This weekend has proven to be a great resource for all programs involved.  2019 is already in the works!

June 5th, 2018|

Camp JLAP 2018 Agenda & Registration Form

We are every excited to announce that we will be having our first ever Camp JLAP on July 13, 14 and 15, 2018 at the Solomon Conference and Retreat Center in Loranger, Louisiana. Mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE!!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

May 14th, 2018|

The 2015 JLAP Performance Audit’s Expert Team Renders a Supplemental Report on “Diagnostic Monitoring”

As part of the 2015 JLAP Performance Audit, it was recommended that JLAP offer “Diagnostic Monitoring” in appropriate cases. In order to help facilitate JLAP’s ability to provide Diagnostic Monitoring, JLAP has obtained a February 2018 Supplemental Report that clearly defines Diagnostic Monitoring, the clinical situations wherein it may be appropriate, and the clinical protocols that are required in providing that type of monitoring. You can access the complete Supplemental Report on Diagnostic Monitoring here:

Audit Team Clinical Recommendations for Diagnostic Monitoring – February 2018

If you have questions about Diagnostic Monitoring, or any of JLAP’s many services, please call JLAP at (985) 778-0571 or e-mail to jlap@louisianajlap.com

March 21st, 2018|

Camp JLAP 2018

We are every excited to announce that we will be having our first ever Camp JLAP on July 13, 14 and 15, 2018 at the Solomon Conference and Retreat Center in Loranger, Louisiana.  Weekend agenda and registration information coming soon!  Mark your calendars and SAVE THE DATE!!

 

March 20th, 2018|

Long-Term Marijuana Use is Associated with Health Problems Later in Life

This study found that:

  • Marijuana users exhibited six different patterns of marijuana use from ages 18 to 50.
  • Longer-term marijuana use (extending from age 18 into the late 20s or beyond) was associated with increased risk of self-reported health problems at age 50.

Attitudes and policies regarding recreational marijuana use are becoming increasingly permissive. To effectively address the implications of these developments, researchers and policy makers need to understand how much and how long people use marijuana during the lifespan, and the degree to which different use patterns are associated with long-term issues such as health status.

To read more, click here.

 

March 6th, 2018|

Solo, Small Firm & Tech Conference

JLAP’s Clinical Team are exhibitors at the LSBA’s Solo, Small Firm & Tech Conference on Friday, February 16, 2018.

February 20th, 2018|

JLAP 2016-2017 Annual Report

The Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc. (JLAP) has published its Annual Report for fiscal year 2016-2017. You can review the entire report here:

JLAP 2016-2017 Annual Report

February 8th, 2018|

A Call to Action: The Path to Lawyer Well-Being

Across the nation, lawyers’ assistance programs are encouraged by a new report that has every potential to be the catalyst for long overdue change in the legal profession.

The report, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being, calls for all major stakeholders to get involved first-hand in a mission to support the wellness and mental health of judges, lawyers and law students. Entitled “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change” it is by far the most comprehensive document ever generated as to precisely how courts, regulators, law firms, law schools, bar associations, liability carriers, and lawyers assistance programs can best work in concert to improve our collective well-being.

All stakeholders are encouraged to apply their respective expertise and influence within a unified mission to effectively address the plague of substance abuse, mental health, and general well-being threats that damage so many lives and careers in our profession (and often clients as well).

The report was generated by a national task force initiated by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs (ABA CoLAP), the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL). Their recommendations represent literally thousands of hours of work. Scores of dedicated individuals participated, all with the experience and expertise that is required to provide a realistic roadmap to improved wellness.

The full report can be accessed here: The Path to Lawyer Well-Being Report

It was two years ago, in 2015, that a prior report was released:  The Prevalence of Attorney Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues. It confirmed what we already knew: a shocking percentage of our brothers and sisters in the legal profession are suffering from various degrees of diagnosable substance abuse and mental health disorders. And in addition, many more still are simply unhappy and unfulfilled to various degrees in the practice of the law.

To sum it up neatly, this has been a two-stage process. The 2015 study provided a stunning snapshot of the true pervasiveness of mental health and well-being issues within our profession. Now, in 2017, and in direct response to the very serious challenges identified in the 2015 study, we have in-hand a comprehensive report that realistically sets a new course for all of us to steer toward if we are in fact going to do what must be done to improve the health and well-being of legal professionals.

There are five (5) central themes of focus in the 2017 report: 1) identifying stakeholders and the role each of us can play in reducing the level of toxicity in our profession; 2) eliminating the stigma associated with help-seeking behaviors; 3) emphasizing that well-being  is an indispensable part of a lawyer’s duty of competence; 4) educating lawyers, judges, and law students on lawyer well-being issues; and 5) taking small, incremental steps to change how law is practiced and how lawyers are regulated to instill greater well-being in the profession.

As to the overarching, general recommendation for all stakeholders, the authors suggest that the first step is for everyone to acknowledge the problems and take responsibility. Every single person can make a difference within their own spheres to shift from “passive denial of problems to proactive support for change.”

Of course, the report recommends that all stakeholders partner directly with, and ensure stable and sufficient funding for, their state-based lawyer assistance program to deliver specialized clinical assistance and programming that is specifically tailored for the needs of lawyers, judges, and law students, etc.

Our Louisiana JLAP has been aggressively and proactively improving its programming and services in the last five years. JLAP is now a comprehensive, full-service professionals’ program that provides a complete array of confidential mental health support services to the profession.

JLAP remains dedicated to delivering the finest professional support possible to the Louisiana legal profession and its stakeholders as we all begin to traverse this new path together toward significantly improving lawyer mental health, wellness and well-being.

We need your help too! Per the authors of the 2017 report: “We invite you to read this report, which sets forth the basis for why the legal profession is at a tipping point, and we present these recommendations and action plans for building a more positive future. We call on you to take action and hear our clarion call.” So, if you can, please lend a hand. Reach out to JLAP for ideas on how you can get involved. And please encourage those within your sphere of influence to get involved too.

August 31st, 2017|

JLAP Summer 2017 Newsletter

You can download and read the recent Summer Newsletter here: JLAP’s 2017 Summer Newsletter

JLAP is very excited this Summer to highlight its ongoing progress in delivering life-saving mental health and wellness support to the profession and its family members.

Perhaps the most encouraging news of all is that JLAP has seen a dramatic increase in the profession’s utilization of JLAP’s completely confidential services. In these cases, people are seeking help proactively, before their mental health issues ripen into disciplinary matters.

The newsletter also clearly explains the differences in JLAP’s services in the realm of bar admissions and disciplinary matters, versus JLAP’s services in the realm of totally confidential services.

In total, the newsletter demonstrates JLAP’s ongoing dedication to providing the finest services possible. Of course, none of this progress would be possible without the tireless efforts of JLAP’s Board, Operations Committee and volunteers, and the strong support for JLAP by virtually all stakeholders in the profession. We are all extremely grateful for all that you do for JLAP.

Please enjoy the Summer Newsletter and if you have any questions or need more information please do not hesitate to contact JLAP!

August 22nd, 2017|