Bench & Bar

JAN 2018

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K E N T U C K Y L A W Y E R A S S I S T A N C E P R O G R A M F O U N D A T I O N Contact KYLAP DIRECTOR YVETTE HOURIGAN for more information about the KYLAP FOUNDATION, INC., FORGIVABLE LOAN PROGRAM. (502) 226-9373 · yhourigan@kylap.org e Kentucky Bar Association, through the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program, is excited to partner with a Kentucky employee assistance program to offer an 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 in Octo- ber 2017. is new partnership will provide additional mental health support for Kentucky's lawyers and judges. e employee assistance program will offer CONFIDENTIAL phone assistance after hours and on weekends. Simply call the KYLAP office anytime, night or day, on our NEW DIRECT PHONE NUMBER—no opera- tors required—and after hours you will be directly connected to our employee assistance program. OUR NEW DIRECT NUMBER IS (502) 226-9373. You may also continue to call through the main switchboard at the Kentucky Bar Association at (502) 564-3795, ext. 266. Someone will be available to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need immediate care, our employee assistance program will connect you to one of hundreds of mental health pro- viders 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 no more than 48 hours from the time of your call. e provider you are referred to will be a licensed and/or certified professional, depending on the cre- dentialing. 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 you meet the income criteria, you will receive up to four (4) clinical sessions at no charge to you. e Kentucky Bar Association and KYLAP are providing this service to KBA 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, www.kylap.org/foundation. At the Kentucky Bar Association and the Kentucky Lawyer Assis- tance 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 is essential for the sustainability of our profession. We are committed to offering this service to you to help you, or those you care about, address mental health issues before anyone reaches a crisis in either their life or their career. e Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program extends its sincerest thanks to the Kentucky Bar Association Executive Director John Meyers, Board of Governors President Bill Garmer, KYLAP Task Force Chair Tom Kerrick, and the entire Board of Governors for their assistance and support in making this opportunity a reality. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS SERVICE, CALL KYLAP OR CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.KYLAP.ORG. | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 54 KYLAP

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