The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published Alcohol and Drug Testing Rules for safety-sensitive transportation workers on February 15, 1994. The rules identify Certified Employee Assistance Professionals (CEAPs), and five other types of professionals, as eligible to carry out the functions of a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) if the professional meets two other criteria provided in the rules.
CommunityCare has four (4) Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) who provide services for over 100 Department of Transportation companies covering over 10,000 safety-sensitive employees.
In order to legally function as a SAP, a professional must be one of the following:
In addition, to qualify as a SAP, eligible professionals must meet two additional criteria:
The rules do not precisely spell out what constitutes training and experience; an eligible professional is responsible for assessing whether his or her background meets the criteria; employers, who are held responsible under the rules, must carefully evaluate qualifications before hiring a person to perform SAP services.