SAP/DOT Assessments in Yakima, WA

SAP/DOT Assessments
Substance abuse issues have broad ripples across all aspects of your life—including your ability to drive or maintain employment. If you’ve had your license suspended or need professional assessment before resuming work, Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC is ready to help. We’re certified to provide SAP/DOT assessments, helping Yakima, Yakima County, Benton County, Franklin County, and Grant County, WA residents take the first necessary steps back to life after addiction. We perform assessments as part of our substance abuse programs, and are approved by the Department of Social and Health Services to administer SAP/DOT assessments in whatever capacity they’re required.

SAP/DOT Assessments

SAP/DOT Assessments

Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP’s) represent the decision point an employer may factor in deciding whether to entrust an employee with a school bus ferrying students, operating a train, the operation of an oil tanker, the pilot’s cockpit in a plane, or with the engineering responsibilities of a subway car. The responsibility of these employees to the public is enormous and must be thoroughly checked! The fundamental Responsibility of the SAP is to provide comprehensive face to face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine what level of care the employee needs in resolving issues associated with his/her substance use. Then, the SAP must recommend at a minimum, a course of education and/or treatment in which the employee must comply with before returning to their DOT safety -sensitive position.

For many employers it can be a stressful and confusing time when an employee tests positive on a DOT drug test or alcohol test. Does the employer now have to “DO” anything? Must the employee be fired? How long will the driver be out? Can the driver be re-hired? The key is to precisely follow the DOT regulations in order to handle the situation correctly and maintain regulatory compliance.

Once an employer has received a verified positive drug test result, the employer must immediately remove the employee from DOT safety sensitive duties. The employer should not wait for a written report from the Medical Review Officer or the results of a split specimen test (if one has been requested by the employee). A verified positive DOT drug test is a direct violation of the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Employers who are required to comply with DOT regulations must provide an individual who failed a DOT drug test at pre-employment (including an applicant or new employee), random, reasonable suspicion or post-accident test with information about qualified DOT Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs). Employers are not required to pay for the employee’s evaluation or treatment; however, they must provide a list of locally available qualified DOT SAPs, including name, address, and phone number. Employers may provide the list of DOT SAP referrals through a Third-Party Administrator (TPA) or other service agents such as American Substance Abuse Professionals.

For an employee to be eligible to perform safety sensitive duties, the employee in violation must successfully complete the DOT Return to Duty Process (RTD). This process involves being evaluated by a qualified DOT SAP, completing treatment and/or education as recommended by the SAP, and a follow-up evaluation by the SAP. The time it takes to complete the DOT SAP process varies and depends upon the level of treatment and education recommended for the employee, as well as the employee’s dedication to the process. The SAP is not an advocate for the employee or the employer. Rather the SAPs function is to protect the public’s interest in safety.

It is important to note that only a qualified DOT SAP may provide the required evaluation, recommendations and determination of successful compliance required to become eligible for consideration for return to duty by an employer. To act as a qualified DOT SAP, the SAP is required by federal regulations to have specialized training, maintain specific professional credentials and undergo continuing education. They are also required to adhere to specific rules and regulations regarding facilities in which they recommend for treatment and education.

Once the employer has been notified by the qualified DOT SAP in writing that an employee has successfully completed the recommendations, the employer may choose to return the employee to safety sensitive duty pending a negative observed return to duty test. The employer must also ensure that the employee is in follow-up testing as recommended by the SAP. In addition, the employer must also ensure the date of the RTD DOT drug test is entered into the FMCSA Clearinghouse along with the first date for the follow-up testing schedule and the last date once the process is successfully completed.

Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC has the qualified Substance Abuse Professional that can take care of all the needs under 49 CFR Part 40 regarding DOT positive/refusal tests.

We look forward in assisting one through the process, if you need of a qualified SAP. We can usually can meet with an individual within 48 hours of the initial call.

Provided you pass the evaluation, our SAPs will provide any documentation required for you at that time.

Department of Transportation (DOT) assessments are targeted mostly on drivers and other employees operating under the Department of Transport. These employees must abide by all the DOT regulations of drug and alcohol abuse, and DOT assessments are regularly done to make sure that they do not violate these regulations. We are certified to perform DOT assessments as mandated by a court or departmental agency. We can also provide all necessary documentation post-assessment for those who pass, to expedite the process of license restoration. Our DOT assessments also extend to Yakima, WA license holders who may hold Class C licenses, as well as special operators’ permits for heavy machinery and other equipment. Schedule an appointment with our counselors for your assessment, so you can get back behind the wheel safely and in the proper capacity.

CDL Process:

If the person has a CDL, and has failed a DOT drug/alcohol test or has had a refusal to test as of January 6, 2020, then the driver will need to register in the Department of Transportation Clearinghouse and follow the prompts. Once the driver has registered it will show a message that you have a violation or you have no violation. When the driver finds the violation, then the instruction will say you must choose an SAP.

By typing in Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC will bring the SAP up and then the driver will need to click that name. That action will send us a message saying you have an SAP request. Once the message is seen, we will accept it and then that is all the driver needs to do in the clearinghouse.

SAP/DOT Assessments

Return to Life as You Recover

Having a valid drivers’ license and gainful employment are two vital stepping stones on the path back to life after addiction. To get there, you may need SAP/DOT assessments, opening the door back to normalcy and stability in your everyday life. Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC is qualified to provide these assessments and will make sure they’re performed in a timely manner. Call us today at 509-452-1000 to inquire about SAP/DOT assessments, or to schedule an appointment with a member of our substance abuse counseling staff for individual or group therapy.

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