Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
Under the Department of Transportation

In accordance with the professional guidelines of the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance: "The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation 40 CFR Part 40, defines the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare."

As an SAP, Ellen Harris:

  • Accepts her role as "Gatekeeper" for the DOT's return to duty process.
  • Provides a comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine what level of assistance the employee needs in resolving problems associated with alcohol use or prohibited drug use.
  • Recommends a course of education and/or treatment with which the employee must demonstrate successful compliance prior to returning to a DOT safety-sensitive duty.
  • Acts as a referral course to assist the employee's entry into an acceptable program.
  • Provides follow-up face-to-face assessment upon completion of recommended education or treatment to determine compliance.
  • Develops and directs a follow-up testing plan specifying the number and frequency of follow-up tests.
  • Provides employer and employee with recommendations for aftercare, continuing education, and/or treatment needed after return to safety-sensitive duty.

Qualification Training:  ASAP On-Line Training September 2010

SAP Exam:  EAPA October 12, 2010

Contact Ellen Harrris, LMHC, NCC, CEAP, SAP for further information.



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