The Department of Transportationís (DOT) rule, 49 CFR Part 40, describes required procedures for conducting workplace drug and alcohol testing for the federally regulated transportation industry. If you have violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation, your employer is required to immediately remove you from performing safety-sensitive functions. Under the regulations, you cannot again perform any DOT safety sensitive duties for any employer until you complete a Return-to-Duty process. The first step in this process is to be evaluated by a qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).

There are strict DOT requirements that must be met in order for a provider to qualify as a SAP. Evaluations performed by a non-qualified SAP will not be accepted by the DOT and will delay your potential return to performing safety-sensitive duties.  

Call me today at (970) 495-4852 or email me to start the process. Weekend and evening appointments available. Your privacy will be protected.

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Here is what you can expect when you start the Return-to-Duty process:

The first appointment will take approximately two hours. You will take some standardized tests and meet face-to-face with me.

After that first meeting, I will send you a letter outlining my recommendations to address your substance abuse issue. In that letter I will provide you with all of the information you need to follow through with my recommendations. At the same time, I will fax or mail the DOT-required report to your employer.

Before you can again perform safety-sensitive duties for any employer, the DOT requires that you meet with me a second time. This thirty minute appointment is to determine whether you are complying with my original recommendations. If I find that you have followed my recommendations, a report of compliance is sent to your employer. At that point, you become eligible for a return-to-duty drug and alcohol test. If those tests are negative, your employer is then permitted to return you to your safety-sensitive duties, at their discretion. 

Your employer cannot return you to performing safety-sensitive duties until you have completed the second meeting and you have been found to be in compliance.

Call me today at (970) 495-4852 to start the process. Your privacy will be protected.

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Cynthia Fravel, LPC, CAC II, NCAC I    
Phone: (970) 495-4852    Fax: (970) 204-7881