Thriveworks Bethlehem offers Department of Transportation – Substance Abuse Professional services.
The United States Department of Transportation states:
The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning
- follow-up testing
An SAP represents 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.
This responsibility as an SAP is not taken lightly.
It is important to understand an SAP is an advocate for neither the employer nor the employee. An SAP’s major responsibility is to protect the public interest in safety. Professionally evaluating the employee and recommending appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare. An SAP faces rigorous training and education requirements as well as examinations in order to protect the public. These regulations may be viewed at: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/sap
If you have tested positive at any time in the DOT regulated environment and have been referred to an SAP there will be aftercare. The fact of a positive test, as defined by the DOT mandates some form of treatment.
The SAP fundamental responsibility is to provide a comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine what level of assistance the employee needs in resolving problems associated with alcohol use or prohibited drug use. An SAP then must recommend a course of education and/or treatment with which the employee must demonstrate successful compliance prior to returning to DOT safety-sensitive duty. Treatment recommendations can include, but are not limited to:
- In-patient treatment
- partial in-patient treatment
- out-patient treatment
- education programs
- aftercare programs
- random drug and alcohol testing
Education recommendations can include, but are not limited to bonafide drug and alcohol education courses, self-help groups, and community lectures. It is the responsibility of the SAP to provide referrals to reputable programs that will provide these aftercare services. An SAP as defined by regulation is unable to also provide treatment services. The SAP manages and oversees the process and defines the treatment required and the final release from treatment upon completion of the programs.