According to the DOT regulation 49 CFR Part 40, all companies with safety-sensitive employees that test positive on a random, pre-employment, reasonable suspicion or post-accident test, must be given Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) referrals. If an organization fails to do so, they can be subject to severe fines by the Department of Transporation (DOT). Contact Robert W Harelson PsyD,SAP at http://www.dot-substanceabuseevaluations.com
When a substance abuse professional diagnoses an indivivual with “alcoholism” that driver is medically disqualified and cannot return to driving by completing the SAP’s recommendations. The final step before returning to driving must be an examination by a DOT medical examiner.School bus drivers and municipalities are exemt from medical examinations.For additional information contact Robert W Harelson @ http://www.dot-substanceabuseevaluations.com.
There are a range of individuals performing substance abuse evaluations. They range from drug counselors to mental health professionals with specialized training.If you are attempting to determine if you have a substance abuse problem the drug counselor is an appropriate selection. In the event the evaluation is going to be used is a legal action or to make a custody or visitaion decision it is important that the evaluator have the strongest crenitials.
The typical substance abuse evaluation consists of a paper and pen test and a clinical interview.The most commonly used test is the SASSI-3. It good I idea to respond in an honest fashion otherwise the test indicates covert activity. The second part is the clinical interview. Here the evaluator is exploring the drug or alcohol history so that a determination can be made as to whether he is dealing with an isolated incident or a chronic condition. Again the best policy is to be honest in your responses keeping in mind that you are dealing with an experienced professional.