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SAP:  DOT and Non-DOT Services


Barney Seaton provides thorough substance abuse assessments and clinical evaluations for employees who have violated a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol regulation. The primary objective of the DOT rules is to prevent alcohol and controlled substance users from performing transportation industry safety-sensitive functions. The rules require an employer to provide the employee who violates a DOT drug and alcohol regulation a listing of qualified substance abuse professionals (SAP) readily available to the employee.

The DOT only recognizes SAPs who have received qualification training which includes the nine required components explained in Part 40, Section 281 of DOT regulations. The SAP recommended to the impaired employee must be a licensed counselor or physician and demonstrate knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse-related disorders. Each provider  must be knowledgeable about pertinent Part 40 DOT agency regulations and SAP guidelines.

Once the SAP provides a face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine the level of assistance needed, he or she will recommend a course of education and/or treatment with which the employee must comply. After the employee has completed the appropriate level of treatment, the SAP is required to provide a follow-up evaluation to determine successful compliance. This evaluation must be conducted before the employee can return to work.


SAPs are vital components of the DOT's efforts to help keep the transportation industry safe. The DOT-qualified staff at ARS can help employees get the help they need in order to return to work. ARS understands the DOT rules and regulations your organization must follow.



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