The primary safety objective of the Department of Transportation (DOT) rules is to prevent, through deterrence and detection, alcohol and controlled substance users from performing transportation industry safety-sensitive functions.
As a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Empowered Citizens is responsible for several duties important to the evaluation, referral, and treatment of employees identified through breath and urinalysis testing as being positive for alcohol and controlled substance use, or who refuse to be tested, or who have violated other provisions of the DOT rules.
SAP services will 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 employee will then be recommended a course of education and/or treatment with which the employee must demonstrate successful compliance prior to returning to DOT safety-sensitive duty.
Treatment recommendations can include, but are not limited to: In-patient treatment, partial in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, education programs, and aftercare.
Education recommendations can include, but not limited to bona fide drug and alcohol education courses, self-help groups, and community lectures.
The SAP will also develop and direct a follow-up testing plan for the employee returning to work following successful compliance.