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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2020
Contact: Amy Starnes
Public Information Director, State Bar of Texas
800-204-2222, ext. 1706, or 512-427-1706
astarnes@texasbar.com

 

Sheeran-Crowley Trust raises treatment funding limits available to
Texas lawyers, judges, law students

AUSTIN—The trustees of the Patrick D. Sheeran and Michael J. Crowley Memorial Trust voted unanimously to increase the amounts the trust may provide to Texas lawyers, law students, and judges seeking inpatient or outpatient treatment, counseling, or therapy for alcoholism, substance use disorders, depression, and other mental health concerns.

Effective June 1, the trust may provide:

  • up to $3,000 for outpatient treatment, counseling, and therapy (up from prior limit of $2,000);

  • up to $4,000 for intensive outpatient treatment (up from prior limit of $3,000); and

  • up to $10,000 for inpatient treatment for such disorders (up from prior limit of $8,000).

The trustees made this decision upon consultation with the staff of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) regarding the current costs for obtaining treatment for mental health disorders. The trustees also considered the financial status of the trust in light of recent and promised grants from the State Bar of Texas and others, made for the purpose of increasing available treatment options.

“Rising medical costs have made it increasingly difficult for the incredible staff of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program to find appropriate treatment modalities for those Texas attorneys and law students suffering from mental health disorders,” said Lubbock attorney Robert Nebb, one of the trustees.  “Our hope is that these new limits increase the number of treatment options available to TLAP when an individual calls in seeking help.”

The trust was created on October 4, 1995, by a group of Texas lawyers who saw that most lawyers in need of treatment for their alcoholism, substance use, depression, and other mental health disorders generally do not have the insurance or available funding to provide for such treatment. The trust was created to fill that gap, and the trustees work with TLAP to make the funds available. In just the last six years, the trust has provided funding for treatment of 359 Texas lawyers, law students, and judges. On average, the trust provides such funding more than once per week.

The trust exists solely through funding provided by individual and firm donations and organizational grants. The State Bar of Texas has provided several significant grants to make these services available to Texas lawyers and law students. The trust is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit. In addition to Mr. Nebb, the other trustees are Dallas attorney Michael G. (Mike) Lee and Austin attorney Dicky Grigg.

TLAP is a confidential resource that helps Texas lawyers, law students, and judges with mental health and substance use problems and connects them to peer support, group support, professional care, and self-care resources available. TLAP can be reached anytime at 800-343-TLAP (8527) or by texting TLAP to 555888. TLAP also has many resources available at tlaphelps.org or on its Facebook page: Facebook.com/TLAPHelps.    

For more information about the trust, contact Chris Ritter, director of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, at chris.ritter@tlaphelps.org or 800-343-TLAP.

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