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ASAP 20th AnniversaryHistory

1973- 1997: ASAP roots extend to 1973 when ASAP founder, Dr. Reed Morrison, launched The Janus Center, an innovative publically funded drug treatment program in Baltimore, Maryland. The Janus Center entered the provide sector in 1984 as a regional employee assistance program (EAP), renamed Janus Associates. The 1991 passage of the Omnibus Transportation Employee Drug Testing Act mandated testing for covered transportation employees. Then, in 1995, the Department of Transportation (DOT) implemented 49 CFR Part 40, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs. It required covered employers to comply with a comprehensive and complex set of mandatory testing regulations and created a new target client, public safety.

1997: When it became apparent that EAPs could not serve multiple clients, employers, employees and public safety without risking ethical conflicts and regulatory violations, American Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP) incorporated as a separate entity, privately held by Dr. Reed Morrison. ASAP assumed its own offices and staff and became the nation’s first free-standing Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Company that was wholly dedicated to DOT compliance services and the drug-free workplace mission. ASAP has always been owned and operated by qualified, practicing SAPs.

2003: ASAP added online training services for SAPs. SAPs can enter an easy-to-navigate Learning Management System (LMS) to enroll in training courses that are self-paced, state-of-the-art and eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 

2004: ASAP offered Employee Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion Online Trainings to meet DOT training requirements for employers on the ASAP Learn Online LMS.

2005: ASAP added drug and alcohol testing services for clients who want their SAP and testing services managed under “one roof.”

2009: ASAP added Human Intervention Motivation Study (HIMS) case management services for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)clients. 

2010: ASAP added Substance Abuse Expert (SAE) services for the companies regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

2013- 2016: John Hopkins University Center for Learning and Health, pioneers in the methodology of Contingency Management (CM) treatment of substance use disorders, collaborated with ASAP to study employment-based treatment. ASAP has participated in 3 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants during this interval.

2017: ASAP celebrates its 20th Anniversary as the industry leader in substance abuse risk management services

2018: Laura Lacey Dashner became the CEO and President of American Substance Abuse Professionals, Inc.