DOT SAP SERVICES
If you work in a safety sensitive area as defined by DOT and have violated a DOT drug & alcohol program regulation, MEA Cares can assist you. Understanding the DOT Return to Duty SAP process can be confusing. Let us guide you through that process.
What is a substance abuse professional (SAP)?
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation – 49 CFR Part 40 – defines the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as an individual who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing and aftercare. The DOT requires that any employee whose position falls under the DOT and violates the DOT rules & regulations for drug & alcohol on a pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident screening must be referred to a certified Substance Abuse Professional, even if the employee is terminated. This requirement is per 49 CFR Part 40, Subpart O. For more information on this, please visit: http://www.dot.gov/odapc/
It is important to understand that the SAP is an advocate for neither the employee nor the employer. The function of the SAP is to protect the public interest.
What does the SAP process involve?
It includes the initial evaluation and written report with appropriate education/treatment recommendations and referrals. It includes contact with the designated employee representive and a written report to that person. The SAP provider will monitor the employee’s compliance with the recommendations and provide the follow-up SAP evaluation to determine compliance with the SAP recommendations. There will also be a written follow up report to the designated employee representative.