~ A Substance Abuse Professional possesses specific credentials, qualifications, and has passed the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) qualification exam.
~ The SAP evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation and makes recommendations to the employer concerning education, treatment, continuing care for the employee, and follow-up testing.
~ SAP’s function is to protect the public interest and safety by professionally evaluating the person and recommending appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up, and after care.
~ SAPs understand the DOT Regulation CFR 49, Part 40.
~ SAPs are knowledgeable with regards to diagnosis and treatment of disorders revolving around the use of alcohol and other substances.
~ A SAP is the only certified professional who can conduct the assessment under the DOT regulations. SAP’s recommendations are final and you cannot get a second opinion.
~ Many Chemical Dependency professionals in Washington State are unfamiliar with a SAP evaluation.
~ Evaluations performed by an unqualified SAP will not be accepted by DOT. This will delay your return to work and fines may be imposed on any employer who utilized a non-qualified professional in the return-to-duty process.