Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

A Critical Evaluation to Get You Back Safely on the Road

What is a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and recommends education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare. SAPs represent a critical decision point for employers when choosing whether or not to return an employee to a safety-sensitive position. SAPs neither advocate for the employer or the employee, but rather serve as a professional servant to the public. The SAPs role as a “gatekeeper” in the return-to-duty process provides a paramount service to the employee, employer and the traveling public.

Why do you need this service?

Individuals referred to a SAP have violated a DOT regulation of drug and alcohol use as an employee performing a safety-sensitive role. This violation has rightfully put the employee’s ability to perform safety-sensitive duties into question and further initiated the return-to-duty process.

Can you seek your own treatment?

Yes, you may seek your own treatment for substance abuse/addiction related conditions. However, seeking your own treatment does not exempt you from completing the return-to-duty process with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). DOT regulations require all employees performing safety-sensitive positions who have been identified as having violated a DOT regulation on drug and alcohol use must seek an evaluation by a qualified SAP prior to being considered for returning to a safety-sensitive position.

How much does this cost?

The fee for this service is $550.00 and includes the following:

  • The Initial Assessment to determine the level of care needed to address substance abuse needs
  • Educational and treatment program referrals
  • Ongoing monitoring of your progress to ensure compliance with treatment recommendations
  • Conducting a final follow-up evaluation which is provided to the employer communicating your success in fulfilling treatment requirements
How long will this process take?

Because each client’s situation is unique, it is unrealistic to estimate the length of time this process can last. However, the successful completion of this process is based on your commitment and willingness to accept the SAPs recommendations and apply them.

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