Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Services in Houston and surrounding areas
Serving Houston and surrounding areas in Safety Sensitive positions as described by the Department of Transportation (DOT)
When an employee in a company subject to DOT regulations fails or refuses to complete a drug and alcohol test, the employer is required to immediately remove the employee from the safety-sensitive job function. In order to return to work, the employee needs to complete a series of evaluations and tasks with professionals who have been trained and certified through requirements developed by the DOT. That professional is a SAP. A SAP has the education, training, and credentials required to evaluate persons and to develop an appropriate plan that meets DOT guidelines.
DOT regulations (found in CFR 49 Part 40) describe the rules and process that employers and employees follow to respond to the need for care and concern about public safety. All employees in safety-sensitive job roles mandated by DOT are required to adhere to these specific drug and alcohol testing regulations. The CFR 49 Part 40 regulations define the SAP role as: “professionally evaluating the employee and recommending appropriate education/treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare.” It’s important to know that it’s not the SAP that decides if an employee can return to work. The regulations give the return to work responsibility to the employer.
Failed a Drug Test, what happens next?
I am a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) in Bellaire, TX who is serving Houston, TX, and surrounding areas with the evaluation of their substance use disorders and in designing appropriate treatment.
As a SAP, I am not “an advocate for the employer nor the employee.” My “function is to protect the public interest in safety by professionally evaluating the employee.” It is important to note that the SAP does not provide counseling to the employee. Instead, the SAP is the professional who makes the recommendations for the appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare.
As a SAP, I serve as a trained and certified professional, sensitive to your needs in the process by providing professional service, developing a treatment recommendation that has clinical integrity, scheduling a timely initial evaluation, and delivering professional and prompt communication as needed between parties.
The Return-To-Duty process typically includes 2 face-to-face sessions with an SAP, one at the beginning of the evaluation and one at the completion of the recommended treatment. I will schedule your first session quickly and complete the necessary report with recommendations in a timely manner.
What Does the Process Look Like?
1. Employee fails, is unable to provide, or refuses to test
2. Employee is suspended from safety-sensitive job
3. Employee is entered into the DOT-regulated process
4. Employee consults a Medical Review Officer (MRO) medical professional for evaluation
5. Employee sees an SAP for evaluation
6. SAP develops a recommended course of treatment and/or education, writes, and submits report
7. Employee completes program developed by SAP
8. Employee attends final evaluation by SAP
9. Employee returns to employer with completed program and is subject to follow up stipulations regarding care and continued drug/alcohol testing
What Types of Recommendations Does the SAP Make?
The recommended treatment can include educational classes, private counseling, attendance at mutual help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Smart Recovery, or professional treatment such as residential treatment or an Intensive Outpatient Program. The SAP can recommend any of those individually or a combination. The SAP is not the provider of those services but is the professional who evaluates what is needed, makes the treatment recommendations, communicates with the Designated Employer Representative (DER) and MRO, and completes the final face-to-face evaluation when the employee has completed the recommended plan.
It’s my goal to work cooperatively with you to complete the process according to DOT guidelines so that you can successfully fulfill the DOT and employer requirements.
$575 Includes the Following:
SAP evaluation and treatment recommendation is not a billable service through insurance. The full payment must be made at the initial evaluation and all intake forms must be completed online before the initial evaluation.
Substance Abuse Professional Services in Houston, TX, and surrounding areas.
Serving Employers with DOT-Regulated, Safety Sensitive Positions
As a Substance Abuse Professional, (SAP), I provide the following services for Employees: