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The Nevada Lawyer Assistance Program (NLAP) was created by the State Bar of Nevada in 2013 to formalize the clinical services available to attorneys suffering from abuse, addiction and/or mental health issues which may impair professional competence. The program is confidential and headed by a treatment facility staffed with medical personnel which is separate from the State Bar. Lawyers may self-report to NLAP (voluntary) or be referred by the bar’s Office of Bar Counsel for assessment, referral for treatment, and ongoing monitoring and support (mandatory).

Initial Assessment is FREE

Nevada attorneys can contact NLAP to speak with a professional and get treatment if deemed necessary. The initial evaluation is conducted by a medical professional and is provided at no charge to the attorney; all bills for those seeking a voluntary assessment are remitted to the state bar with a unique identifier known only to the medical provider. Should the attorney elect to seek treatment or therapy, any expenses are worked out directly between the provider and the attorney.


How to Get Help

Members may contact NLAP to speak with a professional and obtain the therapy and treatment necessary to effectively cope with working in the legal environment and the inherent stress associated with the practice of law. The State Bar of Nevada has contracted with medical professionals to provide services for the Nevada Professional Assistance Program. These providers:

  • Serve as the central intake for participants; conduct a clinical assessment, including drug screening and patient history; and make recommendations for continued treatment, monitoring, etc.;
  • Collect statistical data and provide data (without revealing the lawyer’s identity) to the bar;
  • Provide for randomized drug screening collection and analysis; and
  • Provide ongoing process groups to maintain recovery.

Members seeking assistance may contact any of the following contracted providers directly. For assistance or questions about which facility may be a good fit for you, please call 866-828-0022.

Carson City

Josee Perrine, M.A., LCADC, MFT
Sierra Counseling & Neurotherapy
2874 N. Carson Street, Ste. 215
Carson City, NV 89706
775-885-7717
jperrine@scncounseling.com

Las Vegas

Larry Espadero, LADC
Director of Chemical Dependency
Strategic Behavioral Health
5900 W. Rochelle Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89103
702-251-1377
Lawrence.espadero@strategichbh.com

Las Vegas Recovery Center
3321 N. Buffalo Drive, Ste. 150
Las Vegas, NV 89129
888-219-1158
www.lasvegasrecovery.com

Reno

Carol Schaye, RN, LADC
Carol’s Counseling
1000 Bible Way, #40
Reno, NV 89502
775-240-5251
methodvideo2@att.net


What Services does the Nevada Lawyer Assistance Program Provide?

Attorneys seeking assistance from NLAP can expect:
  • An initial confidential assessment conducted by a physician through the Nevada Professionals Assistance Program. Initial assessments are funded by NLAP and are provided at no charge to the attorney.
  • Recommendations for treatment or ongoing therapy, if needed.
  • Ongoing support of the NLAP program through weekly process group meetings conducted apart from the bar’s offices and attended by other attorneys.
  • Monitoring reports (if requested by the attorney), which may be shared with employers for the purpose of demonstrated sobriety.

How is NLAP Different from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers?    

The bar’s Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) program was established in the mid-1980s by Nevada attorneys in recovery who assisted their fellow attorneys through AA meetings, one-on-one help, referrals to treatment providers, ongoing support to maintain sobriety, and referrals to therapists for assistance dealing with difficult life situations.

Call LCL Toll Free: 866-828-0022

Although funded and formally supported by the State Bar of Nevada, LCL is completely confidential and operates on a voluntary basis. The NLAP builds on the concept of LCL – and will work in tandem with LCL’s goals – by introducing a physician at the head of the program who can assess issues of underlying mental health disorders.
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