The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees that have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation. The SAP then completes a clinical evaluation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.
As a SAP we represent the major decision point (and in some cases the only decision point) an employer may have in choosing whether or not to place an employee behind the steering wheel of a school bus, in the cockpit of a plane, at the helm of an oil tanker, at the throttle of a train, in the engineer compartment of a subway car, or at the emergency control valves of a natural gas pipeline. Our responsibility to the public is enormous!
As a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) we are advocate for neither the employer nor the employee. The SAPs function is to protect the public interest in safety by professionally evaluating the employee and recommending appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare.
The SAP Process:
- Call in to schedule a clinical SAP evaluation. We can normally get you in within the week. Information we will need:
- Your name, telephone number and social security number (SSN)
- Your Employer’s name and address
- Reason for the assessment (specific violation of the rules and date)
- Your Designated Employee Representative (DER) and their phone number
- Your DOT Operating Administrator
- The clinical SAP evaluation can take up to 2 hours.
- You will be given recommendations on your next step in the process, this can involve treatment(s) and educational requests.
- You must comply with the treatment(s) and educational requests given to you to receive a Return to Duty Letter (RTD) and become eligible for RTD testing.
- Once you complete the treatment(s) and educational requests you will return for a follow-up SAP evaluation.
- You will receive your Return to Duty Letter (RTD).
As the employee you will receive a copy of your Initial letter and your Return to Duty Letter (RTD) for your records. The RTD letter with not include the follow-up testing report. If you fall under the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) you must register as a driver under the FMCSA Clearinghouse.
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