What is a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)?
The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation -- 49 CFR Part 40 -- defines the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol
regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.
A SAP is an advocate for neither the employer nor the employee. His/her recommendations protect the public safety in the event that the employee returns to the performance of safety-sensitive
A DOT recognized Substance Abuse Professional must be one of the following:
A licensed physician (Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy)
A licensed or certified social worker
A licensed or certified psychologist
A licensed or certified employee assistance professional
A state-licensed or certified marriage and family therapist *
A certified or licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor **
The DOT regulations also require that SAP’s complete the training and pass a nationally recognized examination. This program includes information on the nine required content areas as designated
in DOT Section 281(c) of Part 40. Content areas include an overview of the DOT drug and alcohol testing program, the drug and alcohol testing rules, and key DOT drug testing requirements.
What do a SAP do?
The SAP's fundamental responsibility is to provide a comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine what level of assistance the employee needs in resolving problems
associated with alcohol use or prohibited drug use. The SAP then recommends a course of education and/or treatment with which the employee must demonstrate successful compliance prior to returning to
DOT safety-sensitive duty. Treatment recommendations can include but are not limited to; In-patient treatment, partial in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, education programs, and
aftercare. Education recommendations can include but are not limited to approved drug and alcohol education courses, self-help groups. Upon the determination of the best recommendation for
assistance, the SAP will serve as a referral source to assist the employee's entry into an acceptable program.
Evaluations performed by non-qualified SAP will not be accepted by DOT and will delay your return to work. Fines may be imposed on any employer who uses a non-qualified SAP in the return-to-duty
Your SAP must understand alcohol and drug regulations to these six industries.
FMCSA - Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration
FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
FRA - Federal Railroad Administration
FTA - Federal Transit Authority
USCG - United States Coast Guard
PHMSA - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Insightful Options, PLLC rate for DOT SAP Assessment is $250.00 for the initial evaluation and $250.00 for the final follow-up open to travel with slightly higher rate.
Treatment for SAP services
8 hours Group Treatment $160.00
10 hours Group Treatment $200.00
16 hours (Prime for Life) $350.00 (FOR NON-NC DWI- 5DAYS)
FOR SHORTER CLASS-2 DAY $400.00
20 hours Group Treatment $400.00
30 hours Group Treatment $600.00
40 hours Group Treatment $800.00
60 hours Group Treatment $1,200.00
Individual Sessions $100.00