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.

Carol P. Waldhauser, Executive Director

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

405 N. King Street, Suite 100B, Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 777-0124

R. Judson Scaggs, Jr., Esquire, Chair

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

Lawyers Assistance Committee


Karen Jacobs, Esquire, Chair

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

Professional Guidance Committee




The new 988 national mental health crisis line has seen a significant rise in call volume since its transition six months ago from the former 1-800-273-TALK number. More than two million calls, texts and chats to 988 have been routed to a response center, according to a CNN analysis, with the majority being answered in less than a minute. The new three-digit number is intended to be easy to remember, similar to how people can dial 911 for medical emergencies. “People are getting help more quickly,” said Hannah Wesolowski, the chief advocacy officer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The 988 lifeline is just one tool in the ongoing effort to improve our nation’s mental health for those who are feeling that they’re approaching a crisis situation or are in crisis, she added.
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