What is the Lawyers Assistance Program?
The Ohio Lawyer Assistance Program (OLAP) is a confidential program that provides a supportive structure for building a personal program of recovery from chemical dependency and/or mental health disorders. The program also monitors a participant's progress, not only for public safety, but also as documentation of recovery for the professional participant.
What services does OLAP provide?
OLAP provides assessments, diagnosis, and consultation of chemical dependence and mental illness for law students, lawyers, and judges. OLAP also conducts 90-100 CLE presentations annually on chemical dependency and mental illness and often speaks at law school.
Are OLAP's services confidential?
If you contact OLAP about yourself or about an attorney colleague or family member, rest assured that your call and anything you discuss with OLAP will be protected by strong rules on confidentiality. Additionally, no potential disciplinary situation will be made worse by contacting OLAP.
What can I expect when I contact OLAP?
OLAP first establishes a relationship with a client, then conducts an assessment to diagnose chemical dependency or mental illness to determine what is going on with the client and what needs to be done (drug/alcohol treatment, medical evaluation, psychiatric evaluation, psychological therapy, etc...).
How do I know when I need help?
If you're thinking that you may need help, calling the OLAP Helpline at 1-800-348-4343 or emailing us at info@OhioLap.org is probably a good idea. We also have a few self-tests and a chart of signs and symptoms posted on this site which may help you to better understand your situation.
OLAP is a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs