Substance Abuse Professionals in Pierce County, WA

Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) are licensed to conduct SAP assessments for employees who require a SAP’s recommendation. This recommendation is needed in order to return to their safety-sensitive position after completing all necessary steps following the event of refusing or failing a drug and/or alcohol test. In addition to recommendations, SAP’s also provide education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

At Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC, we provide the necessary resources needed to overcome and move past the difficult hurdles that occur when you are not able to work. Contact us with any questions you may have and to get started with our SAP assessment process.


Substance Abuse Professionals

What is an SAP?

A substance abuse professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and/or alcohol regulation under the 49 CFR 40 and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing and aftercare. SAP’s represent the major decision point an employer may have in choosing whether or not to return an employee to a safety-sensitive position.

What is the responsibility of an SAP?

The fundamental responsibility of an SAP is to provide a comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine what level of care the employee needs towards resolving issues associated with their substance use.

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Substance Abuse Assessments

What is the purpose of a SAP Assessment?

Regulations were created by the DOT to give an employee who works in a DOT-covered safety-sensitive position and either fails or refuses a drug and/or alcohol test, the opportunity to return to their safety-sensitive position once compliance with an SAP’s recommendations has been documented.

49 CFR 40 Explained:

The 49 CFR 40 describes the procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs. These procedures mandate which employees to test for illicit substance use, when an employee/applicant can be tested, what circumstances must be present in order to test, who is authorized to require an employee to test, and how the test will be conducted.

What is a safety-sensitive position?

Any commercial transportation related function, including but not limited to, moving or controlling a commercial vehicle and/or vessel; mechanical maintenance of vehicles and/or vessels; transporting hazardous materials or containers; maintaining the locations of hazardous materials; and armed security.

Administrations Requiring SAP Assessments

The DOT has established guidelines and procedures for its federal alcohol and drug testing programs and for overseeing the implementation of the policy and programs within all six of its operating administrations and the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Federal Motor Carrier Services Administration (FMCSA)
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration (PHMSA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)

Get the Help you need!

Have you failed or refused to do an alcohol or drug test? Contact us at (509) 452-1000 or visit our offices at 611 W A St Yakima, WA 98902. At Apple Valley Counseling Services LLC, we offer our services to get you back to your normal work-life. To get there, you may require SAP assessments, which in turn will open the door to a return to normalcy and stability in your daily life.

When you are in need of a qualified SAP assessment in Yakima, WA, reach out to Apple Valley Counseling Services LLC. We can help you through the steps required by the DOT under the 49 CFR 40 regulations. Once you have completed your official treatment program, we will help keep you on the right path to return to duty. You don’t have to watch your career dry up. Apple Valley Counseling Services can and will help.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Substance Abuse Experts

At Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC, we are here to ensure you comply with DOT regulations concerning alcohol and substance use in safety-sensitive jobs. Call us today at 509-452-1000 or send us a message online, and we’ll get back to you promptly.

In addition to SAP assessments, do you offer counseling services?

Yes, Apple Valley Counseling Services LLC. offers various counseling services including family counseling, alcohol addiction counseling, substance use disorder counseling, and group and individual counseling to name a few. We give our clients a safe and personal space to open or seek help.

Can you provide me with documentation for my job?

Yes, we are certified to conduct SAP assessments for individuals who have had their license suspended or require professional review before resuming work. Apple Valley Counseling Services, LLC is approved by the Department of Social and Health Services to provide any documentation you need as long as you pass the evaluation.