Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director Bree Buchanan has been named co-chair of a national task force focused on improving lawyer wellness.

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs Task Force on Lawyer Wellness is a joint effort between the commission, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and others, to address the findings of the ABA and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation study, which showed attorneys experience substance abuse and mental health issues more than any other profession and the general population.

“I am both humbled and excited about the opportunity to work with such esteemed colleagues across the country,” Buchanan told the Texas Bar Blog. “Our hope is to bring forth recommendations from the study that set off a cultural shift in how the legal profession addresses the health and well-being of its members.”

Learn more about the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program at texasbar.com/tlap and the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs at americanbar.org/colap.