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SAP - DOT Services

Who will need a SAP evaluation”

Once an employee has violated a DOT rule by testing positive for either drugs or alcohol, or by refusing to test, the empolyer must immediately remove the employee from the safety sensitive position and refer the employee to a DOT Qualified Substance Abuse Professional.


What is a SAP?
The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations defines a SAP or Substance Abuse Professional 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.


The SAP’s fundamental responsibility is to provide 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.  The SAP then recommends a course of education and/or treatment with which the employee must demonstrate successful compliance prior to being considered for returning to DOT safety-sensitive duties.


If the employee has met the treatment plan goals to the satisfaction of the SAP, the SAPwill inform the employer that the employee has complied with the SAP's recommendations.  It is then the responsibility of the employer to decide if the employee is to return to safety sensitive duty. (This decision is not the SAP's.)  An aftercare plan and a follow up testing plan will accompany the follow up evaluation. The employer is responsible for seeing that the follow-up-testing plan is carried out.


How much does the process cost?

The fee is $400.00 and includes:

  • Initial SAP Evaluation
  • Referral Facilitation to Treatment or Education Provider
  • Follow Up Consultation with Treatment Provider regarding Employee Compliance and Progress
  • Compliance Report to Employer
  • Follow-Up Testing Schedule to Employer