Getting Help Doesn't Sabotage Your Career, But Not Getting Help Can!

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) was created to confidentially expand help to Judges and Lawyers with substance abuse/dependence and/or mental and physical health problems.

Mission Statement

The Mission of The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) is to provide confidential assistance to Judges and Lawyers. Our goal is to help individuals identify problems affecting their work productivity and/or their quality of life while assisting them in developing effective solutions for those problems thereby culminating  in a workplace atmosphere that encourages health and wellness, professional growth and maintains the integrity of the legal profession.

Program Design

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) provides a confidential, free, non-disciplinary way for Delaware's Judges and Lawyers to seek appropriate help for problems before they sabotage an individual's career and/or quality of life. Referrals are confidential.

Suicide Prevention

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255 or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Any legal professional that seeks assistance as a self-referral can be assured that their information will be held in the strictest confidence. Similarly, those who are concerned about a co-worker, peer or other legal professional are guaranteed the same confidentiality.

Lawyers Assistance and Guidance Committee

Carol P. Waldhauser, Executive Director (Interim)

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

(302) 777-0124

Lawyers Assistance and Guidance Committee

Victoria R. Sweeney, Co-Chair

Deputy Attorney General

Department of Justice

Carvel State Building, 6th Floor
820 North French Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801


Candace Holmes, Esq., Co-Chair

Schmittinger & Rodrigues

414 South State Street Dover, DE 19901

Phone: 302-674-0140


Mental Health Awareness Month


Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. For more than 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) every May to increase awareness about the vital role mental health plays in our overall health and well-being and provide resources and information to support individuals and communities who may need mental health support.

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