KRILL STRATEGIES

Behavioral Health Consulting Firm Exclusively for the Legal Profession

WHAT WE DO:

PREVENTION AND RISK MANAGEMENT, CRISIS MANAGEMENT, AND EDUCATION


Prevention and Risk Management:  To err is human, but to err due to preventable issues like substance use or mental health problems is unsound practice management.  Research has demonstrated a strong connection between lawyer impairment, malpractice claims, and disciplinary issues, but data isn't necessary to understand that a struggling attorney is far more likely to fall victim to the types of errors, omissions, distractions, faulty judgment, and problem behavior that can put client business squarely at risk.

Krill Strategies provides innovative, expert guidance for recognizing, addressing, and effectively reducing the incidence of problematic substance use and other mental health issues in a firm’s workforce.  We help law firms successfully navigate the world of behavioral health with clarity and success, offering a wide range of services that includes:

  • The Krill Strategies Behavioral Health Audit
  • Policy and process improvement recommendations
  • Strategic goal setting and progress monitoring
  • Educational presentations and workshops
  • Management training and coaching
  • Resource identification, coordination, and referral

Crisis Management: Few situations can be as sensitive, unpredictable, perplexing and formidable as an emergent addiction or mental health problem in an employee or colleague.  Whether an attorney’s personal challenges are surfacing in the work environment for the first time, or a longstanding pattern of dysfunction has finally reached a tipping point, enlightened strategies and expert-guided action plans are indispensable. Krill Strategies helps law firms effectively manage addiction and mental health situations with competence, confidence, and confidentiality.

Drawing on deep clinical and practical experience, as well as a strong network of relationships with lawyer assistance programs, treatment providers, and other mental health professionals, Krill Strategies provides thoughtful and coordinated direction out of the complex maze of issues that arise from lawyer impairment and behavioral health crises.  We help employers help their attorneys in a time of need, offering turnkey solutions that include:

  • A Behavioral Health Helpline
  • Situational assessments and action plan development
  • Intervention coordination and referrals to treatment
  • Stakeholder education
  • Tailored return-to-work agreements
  • Customized road maps for recovery management

Education:  Lawyers are good students—inquisitive, bright and generally able to master new subjects with relative ease when a case or matter requires it.  Unfortunately, the learning curve is altogether different when it comes to personal well-being.  

As both an ancillary component of our overall risk management services, and a standalone service for firms seeking to gain or enhance a competitive advantage, Krill Strategies teaches firms and lawyers about the important subjects that law school and the profession oftentimes do not.

Krill Strategies offers in-house CLEs and trainings on a variety of critical topics, including:

  • the warning signs of substance use and mental health problems
  • the importance of physical and mental health as a predicate for fitness to practice
  • the relationship between personal wellbeing, job performance, and career satisfaction
  • the fundamentals of wellbeing, self-care, balance, and boundary setting
  • how, why, and where to seek help at the first signs of difficulty
  • how to approach a colleague about whom you may be concerned

 


THE BIG TAKEAWAYS

A law firm’s most important asset is its people.  When they struggle, the organization suffers.  When they’re at risk, so is the firm’s success.  Unfortunately, current research shows that attorneys are far more likely than average to engage in problematic substance use and/or be burdened by mental health problems, often resulting in consequences to the employer and the client that range from the subtle to the profound.  The wide array of issues directly implicated by unresolved addiction or mental health problems of attorneys include:

  • Malpractice and ethical violations
  • Firm image and overall customer satisfaction
  • Delivery of quality, effective client service
  • Individual employee performance, development, and retention
  • Collective culture and morale
  • Turnover and healthcare costs