DOT SAP Program

How to Get Started with the DOT SAP Program

FIRST: Read and Download a copy of the My SAP Packet 

The My SAP Packet outlines the steps in the Return-to-Duty Process for your specific agency. 

[Click Here: The DOT Return-to-Duty Process for FMCSA Clearinghouse Regulated Employees ]

[Click Here: The DOT Return-to-Duty Process for FRA, USCG, PHMSA, and FTA Regulated Employees]

[Click Here: The DOT Return-to-Duty Process for FAA Regulated Employees ]

THEN: Visit our payment center (Financial Payment Assistance Options Available)

The Payment Center allows you to pay for your initial SAP Evaluation

Payment Center for FAA Regulated Employees

Payment Center for FMCSA, FTA, FRA, PHMSA, and USCG Regulated Employees

For more information on the SAP Program, contact AACS Counseling at 800-683-7745 or email us at info@aacscounseling.com. You can also fill out the contact form below, and we will promptly contact you. Our dedicated customer service specialists are ready to guide you through the necessary steps and provide support throughout the process. 

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The Department of Transportation’s Substance Abuse Professional Program (DOT SAP Program) is a critical initiative designed to assist DOT-regulated employees who have violated drug and alcohol regulations. This structured program facilitates the return of employees who have been removed from their safety-sensitive duties due to such violations. It includes comprehensive evaluations, educational courses, treatment programs, and testing to better assess an employee’s preparedness to resume safety-sensitive duties without compromising public safety.

The Department of Transportation’s Substance Abuse Professional Program (DOT SAP Program) is a critical initiative designed to assist DOT-regulated employees who have violated drug and alcohol regulations. This structured program facilitates the return of employees who have been removed from their safety-sensitive duties due to such violations. It includes comprehensive evaluations, educational courses, treatment programs, and testing to better assess an employee’s preparedness to resume safety-sensitive duties without compromising public safety.

Key Components of the DOT SAP Program

Initial SAP Evaluation

A certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) evaluates the employee. This includes understanding the employee’s substance use history, current situation, and any contributing factors. The purpose is to develop a tailored treatment and education plan that addresses the employee's needs.

Education and Treatment

The SAP recommends a customized treatment or education plan based on the initial assessment. This plan can range from inpatient treatment programs and outpatient counseling to participation in educational courses geared toward substance use awareness. The goal is to help the employee address and overcome substance use concerns and prepare for a safe return to work.

Follow-Up Evaluation

After completing the recommended treatment, the employee undergoes a follow-up evaluation by the SAP to review their progress and determine eligibility for Return-to-Duty testing. This assessment ensures the employee has complied with the treatment plan and is completely free of any illicit substances.

Return-to-Duty and Follow-Up Testing

Before returning to duty, the employee must pass a DOT-regulated Return-to-Duty drug and alcohol test with their employer, confirming that they are substance-free and ready to perform safety-sensitive functions. The SAP also establishes a follow-up testing schedule, which includes a series of unannounced tests over a specified period to monitor the employee’s continued compliance with DOT regulations.

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