Judges Assistance Program

"We shouldn’t lose good people from the bench because of a lack of help."
King County District Court Judge Charles Delaurenti II

The purpose of the Judges Assistance Program is to prevent or alleviate problems before they jeopardize a judicial officer’s career. We provide open-minded confidential support and treatment for judges struggling with stress, mental health issues, addiction, medical illness, or the loss of a loved one. We also work with judges who are seeking peer support or are considering retirement. If you are a judge or work with a judge and have concerns for them, you are encouraged to contact the Judges Assistance Program for a confidential phone consultation.

  • We can educate you about mental health symptoms or signs of addiction. 
  • Our peer counselors are judges who have been trained to provide supportive, confidential communication with the judge in question.
  • We can provide referrals for psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, hospitals, and mental health workers throughout the state of Washington.
  • We can give you advice about communicating with the judge and handling the situation.
  • When contacting a judge in our program for support, we do not name the initial caller, so the concerned caller’s identity is also protected. We are not connected to the Commission on Judicial Conduct.  We do not share our information with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

When you reach out to the Judges Assistance Program, you will first talk directly with our clinical consultant, Dr. Susanna N. Kanther, a licensed clinical health psychologist practicing in Bellevue. JASP can be reached at 415-572-3803. The program is comprised of compassionate judges and exists to help and problem solve with you. If you are a judge interested in serving the mental health needs of judges in Washington, we encourage you to contact us.