Department of Transportation (DOT) Evaluations conducted by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

What is a SAP?

A SAP is certified substance abuse professional that performs mandated evaluations for workers who have violated the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol program regulation. A SAP has completed the training and testing required by DOT and is certified by NAADAC.


How much do these services cost?

The cost ranges from $575 to $675 for the SAP process. SAP services are not covered by insurance or employers but might be covered by an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Some plans might cover part of the first visit.


What should I expect during the first visit?

You should expect to complete a substance abuse evaluation, review the findings with the SAP, and discuss treatment recommendations. The first visit is approximately two hours but varies by SAP and the employee’s need.


What does a SAP do?

A SAP conducts a face to face assessment and clinical evaluation of the employee. Recommends a course of education and/or treatment. Serves as a referral source to assist the employee with securing a placement into a program.

Face to face follow up sessions with the employee are held to determine compliance with recommendations. The SAP also develops a follow up testing plan for the employee, and provides the employee and employer with recommendations for continuing care.

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