Return to Duty Program

How to Get Started with the Return-to-Duty 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

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

.For more information on the Return-to-Duty 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 Return-to-Duty (RTD) Program is an essential component of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regulations aimed at ensuring safety in DOT-regulated industries. This program is designed for employees who have violated DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations and seek to resume their safety-sensitive duties.

Key Steps in the Return-to-Duty Process

The Return-to-Duty (RTD) Program is an essential component of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) regulations aimed at ensuring safety in DOT-regulated industries. This program is designed for employees who have violated DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations and seek to resume their safety-sensitive duties.

Key Steps in the Return-to-Duty Process

1. Evaluation by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP):

The first step involves an evaluation by a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). The SAP assesses the nature of the substance use and determines the necessary steps for treatment or education. This evaluation can be conducted in-person or remotely using secure, real-time audio-visual technology.

2. Compliance with Treatment Recommendations:

Based on the SAP’s assessment, the employee must complete the recommended education or treatment program. The SAP then conducts a follow-up evaluation to confirm that the employee has adhered to the treatment plan and is eligible for Return-to-Duty testing​.

3. Return-to-Duty Testing:

Before resuming safety-sensitive duties, the employee must undergo a Return-to-Duty drug and alcohol test. This test is conducted under direct observation to ensure the integrity of the testing process. Direct observation involves a same-gender observer who ensures that no cheating devices are used and watches the employee provide the urine sample​.

4. Follow-Up Testing Plan:

After returning to duty, the employee is subject to a follow-up testing plan outlined by the SAP. This plan includes unannounced tests over a specified period to ensure continued compliance and abstinence from substance use​.

5. Employer Responsibilities:

Employers are not required to pay for SAP evaluations or treatment services. Still, they must ensure that an employee who has violated drug and alcohol regulations receives an SAP evaluation, complies with the recommended treatment, and passes a Return-to-Duty drug and alcohol test before returning to safety-sensitive duties. This requirement is crucial for maintaining workplace safety and regulatory compliance​. 

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