Substance Abuse Professional Duties
Initial Assessment Planning
- Identify the type of test or rule the employee has failed or violated.
- Identify who made the referral to the SAP.
- Gather any necessary releases.
- Create a reference file for the client.
- Review the client's benefits.
- Review company policies and collective bargaining agreements.
- Explain to the client your role as a SAP as defined by the DOT regulations and the employer's substance abuse policy.
- Make a subjective review of the client's physical appearance and demeanor.
- Take a psychological and social history of the client.
- Review client's work history.
- Administer a standardized formal assessment tool.
- Determine the level of care placement according to ASAM criteria.
- Review the client's health care benefits and financial resources that are available to pay for treatment.
- Recommend a level of care and the most appropriate education and/or treatment resource.
- Obtain employee signature on release forms.
- Report to employer and other designated individuals.
- Assess level of participation and completion of treatment.
- Decide on follow-up monitoring support.
- Explain the RTD agreement.
- Recommend a follow-up testing program.
- Submit a report to the employer.
Monitoring after Return-to-Duty
- Monitor ongoing participation in post treatment care.
- Monitor the RTD testing program.
- If there is a DOT or RTD agreement violation, send notification to the employer.
*The Department of Transportation Guidelines differ between each operational area.