How to Prepare for a SAP Evaluation
When a Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated employee refuses a drug/alcohol test or tests positive, they are required to complete the Return-to-Duty process before returning to safety-sensitive job duties. The first step in the process is to be evaluated by a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). If you find yourself in this position, how do you prepare? Here is a quick guide from American Substance Abuse Professionals, Inc. (ASAP).
What happens during a SAP evaluation?
Initially you will meet with a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for an evaluation and assessment. The SAP is a critical part to the SAP evaluation because they have extensive experience in substance use diagnosis and treatment, along with training on the Department of Transportation 49 CFR Part 40 and their Regulatory Agencies. Their job is to ensure you have the tools to safely return to work after a failed drug test.
During the evaluation, the SAP will look over your case, have you complete one or more assessment tools and ask targeted questions to get more information. There is no need to feel nervous. Answer the questions honestly, just like you would in a therapy session or a conversation with a friend. After your substance abuse evaluation, your SAP will outline a plan for your Return-to-Duty process (RTD). This may include substance abuse awareness classes, individual counseling, or whatever level of care is appropriate for your individual case. They will refer you to places where you can complete the required education and/or treatment. Once you successfully complete the education and/or treatment recommendations given by your SAP, you will go through a final evaluation with your SAP to assess your readiness for job re-entry.
The SAP is here to help you return to work. At ASAP, we have an 85% success rate for helping our clients re-enter the work force for safety-sensitive positions. The more transparent you are, the more your SAP can do for you.
How many SAP evaluations will I need?
At minimum, you will complete two SAP evaluations. One will occur at the beginning and one will occur at the end. You can always check in if you have any questions along the way.
What do I do between SAP evaluations?
Between your SAP evaluations, you will need to complete the treatment and/or education recommendations outlined by your SAP. Failure to comply will only delay your ability to return to work. You will not be permitted to do any safety-sensitive work in a DOT regulated field without completing the SAP process. This is true even if you fail a DOT pre-employment test or refuse to take a DOT drug test. If you have any questions about your treatment, feel free to contact your ASAP Case Manager and/or your SAP. They are there to guide and support you throughout the RTD program.
How do I get started finding a SAP near me?
If you have failed or refused a DOT drug/alcohol test and you want to get your job back, you'll need to complete the Return-to-Duty process with a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional. American Substance Abuse Professionals, Inc. (ASAP) has thousands of DOT qualified SAPs in the United States, including many SAPs near you. We've proudly served communities throughout the country since 1997. Call 888-792-2727 x. 177, we will match you with a SAP in your area. Most clients are able to schedule their first SAP evaluation within 48 hours of enrollment. Reach out today to get started.