How many lawyers has the foundation assisted each year?
– The foundation historically assisted an average of 2-4 lawyers each year. From 2007 to 2015, the foundation assisted 31 lawyers with grants and loans totaling $92,000. Update as of October 2020: Due to the success of the 2015-2016 Major Gifts Campaign, the LAP Foundation of NC has approved $108,406 in loans and grants for in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, counseling, and medication for 28 lawyers and judges who could not afford the care they needed.
How many lawyers need financial assistance to receive the level of appropriate treatment?
– The NC LAP encounters 12-18 lawyers each year who qualify for financial support. At any given time the NC LAP probably has about 20 clients who qualify for financial assistance. They may not opt to take assistance, but they qualify.
How does a lawyer or judge qualify for financial support?
– The eligibility guidelines require that a lawyer or judge meet slightly modified federal poverty guidelines to qualify for financial assistance from the foundation. There can be no 401K or IRA resources in the background. And those that qualify are unable to rely fully on family support or assistance to cover the necessary costs.
How are funds utilized?
– About half of the funds are used in a revolving loan program, with monies repaid by lawyers and judges over time. About half of the funds are given as grants for short term emergency care (such as crisis stabilization, medication and counseling, or short term treatment).
How are the funds distributed?
– Funds are provided directly to the treatment facility, counselor, pharmacy or medical provider. No funds are ever given to a lawyer or judge directly.
How much is a typical grant or loan?
– Grants typically range from $1,000 to $3,000 and loans typically range from $3,000 to $5,000.
How much does treatment typically cost?
– $35,000 to $45,000 is the average cost for a 90-day treatment in-patient program (which is the level of care many clients need).
– $5,000 to $8,000 is the average cost for a year of weekly counseling (a cost which does not include medication costs).
How do these loans or grants help when they only cover a fraction of the total cost of care?
– NC LAP staff are adept at finding and leveraging resources when and where available. Some treatment centers have scholarships to match a foundation loan. Some counselors are willing to provide services on a sliding scale. Sometimes family members can be persuaded to contribute to treatment costs. Each situation is different, and NC LAP staff do the best they can to work with the limited resources available.
What is the success rate?
– From 2007 to 2015 the success rate was 67%. That is an incredibly high success rate, one that is unheard of in the general treatment arena. Part of the reason for the high success rate is the support mechanisms and accountability NC LAP provides – tools and mechanisms that are not available to the general public. These lawyers and judges who were on a dangerous precipice have turned their lives around and are thriving five and ten years after they received financial assistance from the Foundation. As of 2015, the foundation has assisted 31 lawyers, of which 21 are thriving (depending upon the issue encountered, they are either sober, mentally stable, or no longer suicidal). Of the 10 remaining, NC LAP has lost contact with 3 and treatment was unsuccessful for 7.