Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
D.O.T. – S.A.P. Assessments
Return to Duty Services
Substance Abuse Professional (SAP); An SAP is a professional who evaluates individuals who have violated a D.O.T. drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations, education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare needed. To find out more information about the return to duty process and D.O.T. regulations, I refer you to go to www.transportation.gov/odapc/sap
Addiction does not discriminate, it’s hard, and it is a vicious cycle. Addiction can be scary and intimidating to seek professional help, but doing so takes courage and is a better future step.
Bharat Sharma is a Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling, Canadian Clinical Supervisor ( Addiction), Mental Health Clinician. He has over ten years’ experience in hospital and community addiction settings. Bharat’s specializes in safety-sensitive workplace Assessments, Fit for Duty, and return to duty processes in private practice. He is recognized as a Canadian CERTIFIED SUPERVISOR IN ADDICTION in Canada as well as a Substance Abuse Professional through the UNITED STATES Dept. of Transportation
Edmonton Counselling Services provides a full psycho- bio-social assessment. Assessments are to determine the client’s treatment options, so the person gets the right type of treatment, so there is a higher level of success.
There are various reasons why an individual may need an assessment without entering our treatment.
Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)ASSESSMENTS NEEDED FOR LEGAL purposes:
Many clients seek substance use disorder assessments because of court orders such as child custody or alcohol and drug charges. Edmonton Counselling Services can provide that assessment for you. All court documents must be brought in for your appointment to deliver the type of evaluation the court requests.
A Qualified Substance Abuse Professional must provide D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) SAP assessments. Edmonton Counselling Services has Certified Substance Abuse Professionals.
An SAP assessment can only be provided by an S.A.P certified counselor to be valid. Once you start with an S.A.P accredited counselor, you must continue with that S.A.P. accredited counselor. If you work in a safety-sensitive career such as a bus or truck driver, train conductor, pilot, heavy equipment operator, or any other job, the D.O.T regulated. In that case, the person is subject to random urine, alcohol, and drug testing. And if the person tested positive, he/ she must stand down from that safety-sensitive job until you have been cleared to return-to-duty by the S.A.P assigned to you.
The D.O.T. requires all S.A.P’s to register with the D.O.T. clearinghouse. All employees that test positive must report with the D.O.T. clearinghouse as well.
Edmonton Counselling Services completes a full bio-psycho assessment to decide the treatment level each client needs before making specific treatment recommendations. Only through a clear clinical judgment is that the person seeking addiction treatment obtains the best treatment level possible. D.O.T. Assessments: Department of Transportation mandated assessments can be done from Edmonton Counselling Services Since January 1, 2004, D.O.T. assessments must be done by a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (certified S.A.P).
D.O.T. referrals: If you have already received a D.O.T. assessment, we can provide the education and treatment program required by the referring substance abuse professional.
If you have become addicted to substances, your judgment regarding your condition’s seriousness has no doubt been impaired. In fact, in most cases, the addicted or alcoholic person is in serious trouble long before he or she begins to wonder if there may be a problem.