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confidential counseling for the legal community and their families

Q. Who do I call with urgent concerns, questions about the BarCARES program, or to access my free BarCARES counseling sessions .
A . Urgent calls will be received by a BarCARES service representative at HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, P.A. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 800-640-0735.

You can call with questions about BarCARES or access your three free annual BarCARES counseling sessions by calling the confidential BarCARES assistance line (800-640-0735) during business hours to speak to the BarCARES Program Coordinator or leave a confidential voice mail.

Following your call to initiate access to your BarCARES counseling sessions, the BarCARES Program Coordinator will work to arrange an initial session between you and a BarCARES provider who may best assist you to resolve a problem or determine how to access other sources of help.

Q. Who pays for my BarCARES counseling sessions?
A. Three annual BarCARES counseling sessions are provided at no cost to you by funding provided by your bar group membership of law school. The NC Bar Association and the Lawyers Insurance Agency fund administrative fees for the program. None of these groups have access to names or other identifying information of any program user.

Q. Can my family use my BarCARES counseling sessions?
A. Some bar groups have chosen a plan that allows immediate family members to use one or all of their three cost-free annual BarCARES counseling sessions. The BarCARES Program Coordinator will let you know if your specific bar group allows family members to participate.

Q. How is BarCARES different from the NC State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)?
A. All BarCARES contact is made through HRC Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, P.A. the organization that administers and arranges provider services for the BarCARES program. The three free annual counseling sessions are free.

To find out about the State Bar LAP program visit http://www.nclap.org.

Issues We Can Help With

Stress Management – Each person has coping skills or ways of living with stress that are acquired over the years.

Anxiety Disorders – Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It can make it easier to deal with a tense situation, study harder, or keep focused. But when anxiety becomes excessive it can become disabling.

Eating Disorders – Eating disorders are real, treatable medical illnesses. They are not due to bad behavior or lack of will power. They involve serious disturbances in eating behavior.

Parenting – Being a parent is probably the most important job many of us will ever have. Yet many of us are minimally prepared for the enormity of the task of raising our young ones from infancy to adulthood.

Domestic Violence – Domestic violence occurs in a relationship when one partner keeps a position of power and control over the other by the use of fear, intimidation and control.

Substance Abuse – Public health experts tell us that the use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs results in the single biggest health problem in the country today.

We offer consultation for many other issues. Please see our Issues page.