State Bar to Offer Mental Health, Drug Abuse Treatment Program to Attorneys
The State Bar of California will begin offering a program in January that provides treatment for attorneys with alcohol and drug abuse problems and mental illnesses, under legislation signed by Gov. Gray Davis (D) yesterday, the Sacramento Bee reports. SB 479, sponsored by Senate President Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco), will permit attorneys to enter the program voluntarily or through a referral. Funding for the program will come from a $10 fee already collected as part of Bar members' annual dues. Attorneys who can afford to pay for their participation in the program will do so (Sacramento Bee, 8/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.