One of the areas of my business where I have seen some growth is providing DOT/SAP evaluations. Quite simply it works like this:
- A person in a safety-sensitive position has a positive drug screen.
- They are removed from that position by their employer, fired or suspended.
- They are then referred to a person known as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for an evaluation.
- The evaluation includes an assessment, several screening instruments, developing a treatment plan and referral to a service provider. At a minimum, a person that violates a substance abuse rule must complete an educational program, usually 9-12 hours in length.
- After the client has completed the required program, they are re-evaluated to determine the need, if any, for further services. At this point a final evaluation is made and a specific recommendation for a testing schedule is made to the employer.
Anyhow, I really like doing these evaluations. It is kind of like getting a survey done on a boat or a pre-purchase inspection done on a house in that the person making the assessment is not the person, or agency, providing the service or making the repair.
Tags: SAP, DOT, Evaluation, Assessment, Little Rock, Arkansas, Substance Abuse, Counseling