In a recent The Indiana Lawyer.com article, U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker begins by recognizing how judges, lawyers and law students face mental health issues and chemical dependencies, which can put their lives and careers at risk. And while Judge Baker remarks that these threats “come in many forms,” he continues to say, “fortunately, so do treatment options.”
The article goes on to demonstrate the various types and levels of treatment available – from the more common options like outpatient therapy to the more intensive like inpatient treatment – with the help of medical experts who have experience treating the legal profession. Among the contributors is Terry Harrell, Executive Director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and Chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs. As Dr. Paul H. Earley puts it, lawyer assistance programs are the “secret sauce” to getting better.