SAP Evaluation Process
A DOT SAP evaluation is required when employees violate DOT drug and alcohol regulations. Once a violation is committed, an employee cannot perform any DOT safety-sensitive duties for any employer until an SAP evaluation has been completed. The SAP evaluation process is comprised of 4 steps. I am licensed to conduct SAP evaluations in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Texas.
1. Initial Evaluation
You meet with a DOT Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for the initial assessment. This assessment will include your psychosocial history, in-depth drug and alcohol use history, and current mental status. During this assessment, you will be provided a diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and a treatment plan to complete before the employee becomes eligible for the follow-up evaluation.
2. Treatment/Education recommendation
Once the initial evaluation is complete, the SAP will make recommendations based on the assessment. Treatment recommendations can include but are not limited to inpatient treatment, partial in-patient treatment, outpatient treatment, education programs, and aftercare. Education recommendations can involve but are not limited to legitimate drug and alcohol education courses, self-help groups, and community lectures.
3. Follow-up Evaluation
A follow-up evaluation determines if you complied with the treatment recommendations. If you complete the treatment, the SAP will provide a written notification to the employer explaining the situation, a follow-up testing plan, and any continuing care recommendations.
4. Follow-up Testing Plan
The SAP must provide the employer with a plan for follow-up testing. The testing will include at least 6 tests in the first 12 months. An employee’s follow-up testing program can last up to 60 months.
The cost of the SAP Evaluation is 500$