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NH Lawyer's Assistance Program

New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance, established by order of the New Hampshire Supreme Court in 2007, is an independent, peer-based New Hampshire non-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that confidentially assists New Hampshire lawyers and judges, their family members, and law students who may be struggling with mental health or substance misuse issues.  Our dedicated toll-free Helpline is available to answer questions, obtain information or referrals.  Callers may choose to remain anonymous.  NHLAP combines comprehensive educational programming and outreach with confidential peer support and independent referrals to healthcare professionals to facilitate mental health, substance use or medical evaluations which may recommend support, treatment and recovery. 

Mission

New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance provides a free, confidential, independent bridge to services that address a variety of mental health, medical or substance use issues that impairs the ability to competently practice law. Our primary purpose is to ensure the health and integrity of New Hampshire lawyers, and in doing so, protect the public.

√ Problematic Substance Use with Drugs or Alcohol         √ Cognitive Decline            √ Aging                 √ Compulsivity         √ Work-Life Imbalance        √ Depression   

√ Grief and Trauma              √ Gambling                            √ Vicarious Trauma            √ Stress                √ Burnout                 √ Anxiety                            √ Eating Disorders                              

 Services

√ Personal Support              √ Resource Coordination       √ Peer Support            √ Monitoring Contracts          √ MCLE Education       

√ Intervention Assistance          √ Treatment Admission Assistance         √ Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) Anonymous Peer Support Meetings      

History  

In 2007, the New Hampshire Supreme Court New Hampshire created the New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance Program by passage of Rule 58. Rule 58 was championed by a committed group of New Hampshire lawyers who for years had voluntarily assisted troubled colleagues struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. These compassionate lawyers were appointed by the Court to be the first LAP Commission. LAP was initially funded through the Public Protection Fund, and in 2009 became independently funded by a $15.00 annual assessment from NHBA members.  The assessment was increased to $20.00 per lawyer in 2014, where it remains.   In 2010, LAP was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.  As a non-profit, we refer to our governing body as a commission. The greatest source of information and guidance has been the ABA’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP), created in 1992 to assist state lawyer programs nationally in accomplishing this mission. Our office at 125 Airport Road, Concord, is a private, professional and welcoming location. We are privately situated in the New Hampshire Hospital Association Building emphasizing the independent nature of our work and our connection to medical wellness. We encourage anyone to visit by stopping by or calling for an appointment. 

NH Lawyers Assistance Program is now designated as a Recovery Friendly Workplace by NH Governor Sununu as of August 2020.  

Terri Harrington, the Executive Director of NHLAP, is a member of three non-profit boards.  She is a Member at Large for the New Hampshire Womans Bar Association Board as well as a member of the NHWBA's Public Service Committee.  NHWBA was established in 1998 to promote and support the advancement and interests of women in the legal community through leadership, professional interaction, education and exchange of ideas between members and the community.  The Public Service Committee directs NHWBA's charitable efforts, public service events and mentoring programs.

Attorney Harrington is also a member of the Yoga In Action Board which is a non-profit serving NH to ensure all people realize thier power to connect, transform, heal and thrive through yoga.  Yoga In Action helps people navigate life's challenges by providing accessible yoga programs to individuals in a wide variety of settings and circumstances including Yoga and Cancer, Yoga for Recovery, Yoga for the Incarcerated and Yoga for All Abilities. Yoga is a low cost, high impact modality that can support the mental and physical health of anyone.  These programs are fueled by a dedicated staff, experienced teachers and the expertise of partner organizations in the community, including SOS Recovery, Hope on Haven Hill, Easter Seals and Living Innovations.

The NH Professionals Health Program is similar organization to NHLAP in that they encourage the well-being and recvoery of NH health care professionals through advocacy, education, and direct support.  This non-profit resource is available to all NH licensed chiropractors, dentists, dieticians, drug and alcohol counselors, mental health practitioners, midwives, nurses, optometrists, pharmacists, physicans, psychologists and veterinarians who are experiencing difficulties with mental health, substance misuse, professional burnout or vicarious trauma, stress related to malpractice claims or family difficulties.  Attorney Harrington serves on the NHPHP Board as a non-medical member of the community.

Attorney Harrington is certified as a Recvoery Coach as of July 2020 though course work with Revive Recovery Center in Nashua, NH.  She is also certified in ASIST, Applied, Suicide Intervention Skills Training as of August 2020 through course work with LivingWorks Education.

To learn more about New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance, please visit our website at www.nhlap.org.  On the site you can find links to articles and studies related to attorney well-being, meet our volunteer Board members, read about the confidential policy instituted by the NH Supreme Court under NH Supreme Court Rule 58, review our annual report and obtain specific information and self-tests on many of the issues with which we can help.  We can also be found on social media: Instagram (nhlawyersassistance), Twitter @LAPNH, Facebook (New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance Program @goodlaw101) and LinkedIn (New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance) were we share information, articles and resources related to lawyer well-being.

Posted on: Thursday, September 17, 2020

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