What is a SAP?
The service agent who is responsible for overseeing this DOT process is a Substance Abuse Professional, or an SAP. DOT's requirements for SAP credentials and training are very specific. A drug counselor, or therapist, or mental health counselor, or any other mental health professional who does not meet these qualifications and training cannot provide SAP services.
ESCAPE SAP Jerry Eames LCAC SAP meets DOT's pre-requisites for being an SAP and providing SAP services. Our SAP is knowledgeable about, and has clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and controlled substances-related disorders and the SAP function as it relates to employer interests in safety-sensitive duties.
ESCAPE SAP services provides a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC), Substance Abuse Professional (SAP); a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission (NAADAC); International Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (ICRC), and a Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist (CCCJS).
Why do I need an SAP?
Safety-sensitive employees in the transportation industry are subject to federal drug and alcohol use and testing regulations, under the federal Department of Transportation (DOT). An employee who violates these regulations must be immediately removed from safety-sensitive functions, and he/she may not be returned to any safety-sensitive functions in the transportation industry until and unless he/she successfully completes a DOT return-to-duty process.
Our SAP is Knowledgeable about 49 CFR Part 40, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs, and about the DOT modal rules that apply to the employers for whom you evaluate employees, and about the DOT SAP Guidelines as well as knowledgeable and current on any changes to these rules and regulations.
What should I expect to occur?
1. With strict confidentiality, you will attend a face to face meeting with the SAP for assessment and recommendations. You will test and interview for 2 to 3 hours depending upon many factors.
2. A recommendation will be made, with you, to participate in some sort of program or activity that will satisfy the SAP referral.
What is the Follow Up Meeting?
1. The "Return to Work." After participating in, and successfully meeting the referral requirements, you will return to the SAP for a follow up to evaluate this completion, and direct the Employer for your substance abuse testing requirements.
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