What is a SAP evaluation and when is it required?
A comprehensive assessment and clinical evaluation of an employee who works under the umbrella of the Department of Transportation in a safety sensitive position and who tested positive at work for alcohol or drugs. The assessment will also include my recommendations.
How is someone qualified to be a Substance Abuse Professional?
My qualifications include being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an internationally certified drug and alcohol counselor who is knowledgeable about and trained in DOT regulations.
Do you decide if or when I go back to work?
No. That decision is beyond my scope of practice. But on a positive note, by participating in the SAP assessment, you will be demonstrating readiness to start the return to duty process.
What to expect during the DOT Assessment Process:
When you come in for an assessment, please be prepared for an hour long session. It is helpful to arrive 10-15 minutes before the initial appointment to complete some additional paperwork. Most likely a second session will complete the process or we can meet for one 90 minute session if time is an issue.
If you will need the report within a week, it can be arranged. Please be aware there is an extra charge.
Please bring the following:
- Name and contact information for the Medical Records Officer who will receive the report.
- Name and contact information for up to 3 other sources of information.
- A form of payment.
- Any legal documents stemming from incident
- BAC (blood alcohol content) breathalyzer results or urine toxicology report
- A letter from your job documenting the need for this assessment.
During the assessment process I will be reviewing:
- Your history of alcohol, drug use and treatment.
- Your current medical state.
- Your education and employment status and background.
- Your mental health.
- The status of family relationships.
- Your leisure activities.
- Your driving record and arrest history
- A few questionnaires
- Your strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
If you are diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder, you will be referred to the appropriate level of treatment.
Admission is on a voluntary basis and you can discharge yourself from the service at any time. No determination is automatic. Every individual is unique.
Not everyone is referred to treatment.
Call to schedule. If you do not reach me directly, please leave a message.
- Have questions about your confidentiality? Rest assured I follow all guidelines to protect your privacy. Your confidentiality is extremely important to me. I will go above and beyond state and federal standards to protect your privacy.
- Want to email, text or fax? Phone and fax are the most confidential methods of contacting me. My email and phone are encrypted.
- What if you cancel last minute? You will not be charged a cancellation fee if you can reschedule within the week.
- Want to work with me for individual therapy? That is not allowable by law however I will be happy to refer you to a high quality clinician if this is the recommended level of care for your needs.
- If you have been referred by your employer, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement. Unions will sometimes reimburse you on a partial basis. Please check with the EAP (Employee Assistance Professional).