WSBA Connects

Statewide Access to Support is Now Available through WSBA Connects

Since 1987, we've provided a Lawyers Assistance Program to promote the health and well-being of members through a variety of confidential support services ranging from web-based educational materials on self-care topics, to individual counseling services for mental health and addiction concerns, to job search and career management services.

We have expanded our Lawyers Assistance Program to offer statewide access to support with referrals to providers in lawyers’ local communities. Through WSBA Connects, our partnership with wellness provider Wellspring, support is now available across the state with 24/7 phone access whenever you are experiencing emotional or behavioral concerns that may be affecting your practice or the quality of your life.

What is WSBA Connects?

WSBA Connects is an expanded, statewide wellness benefit for WSBA members.

Through our partnership with Wellspring, the Bar is expanding its Lawyers Assistance Program and now offers statewide access to support for lawyers needing help for issues related to mental health and addiction concerns, career management, family, care-giving, daily living, health and well-being, and more. WSBA Connects is offered as a service to members on a voluntary, confidential basis.

What services does WSBA Connects offer?

The following is a sampling of issues for which consultation, assessment, and referral can be provided:

    

Alcohol/Drug Abuse
Marital Problems 
Stress 
Relationship Issues
Depression 
Anxiety 
Gambling  

    

Anger Control
Parenting Issues
Divorce 
Grief 
Theft/Fraud Resolution
Communication
Retirement Planning 

    

Addictions
Financial Management 
Child Care Issues 
Legal Problems 
Eldercare Issues
Eating Problems 

What are some highlights of WSBA Connects?

  • Available for all WSBA members across the state.
  • No cost to the member to use the service.
  • Up to three face-to-face individual counseling sessions free of charge for any WSBA member per issue.
  • Confidential 24/7 phone access to Masters-level clinicians via a toll-free number.
  • Customized web access to over 5,000 articles, tip sheets, interactive self-assessments, audio files, video library, live and on-demand webinars, and much more.

Is it confidential?

Yes. All services are confidential and protected by APR 19(b)(2). The rules protecting confidentiality are the same as if you were meeting with a member of the WSBA Lawyers Assistance Program staff.

Is there a cost for the service?

WSBA Connects is a free benefit for WSBA members.

For individual counseling, up to three sessions per issue are free of charge. Additional service beyond this will be based on counselors’ individual fees. Most insurance is accepted by Wellspring-affiliated providers.

WSBA Lawyers Assistance Program staff also offer up to three free counseling sessions per issue free of charge, after which charges are based on a sliding scale based on income. Most insurance plans are also accepted.

I’m unsure of which service to use, the Lawyers Assistance Program or WSBA Connects. How do I decide?

It depends on the service you are looking for:

  • If you’re in a psychological crisis and need to speak to a crisis intervention specialist right away, contact WSBA Connects for 24/7 access through a toll-free number, 1-855-857-9722.
  • Contact the Lawyers Assistance Program for referrals for behavioral health counseling, law student assistance, third party consultation, and/or peer support services such as Job Seeking Assistance and the Peer Advisor Network.
  • Contact WSBA Connects for access to work-life services, including but not limited to care-giving for children or elder family members, legal and/or financial issues, and a suite of additional services. 

How do I sign up for WSBA Connects?

You don't have to sign up for WSBA Connects! As a WSBA member, you automatically have access to this free member benefit.  

If prompted, please use WSBA as your login.

Where do I go for more information about WSBA Connects?

Learn more about WSBA Connects through our partner, Wellspring or call toll-free 1-855-857-WSBA (9722).

Visit WSBA Connects

If prompted, please use WSBA as your login.

Lawyers Assistance Program

Confidential assistance that promotes healthy lifestyle choices

Emergency?

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please dial 911.