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Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

A Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is required when an individual has a DOT drug and/or alcohol violation. The SAP will perform the necessary evaluations and must provide the company with a final evaluation that the individual can submit to a return to duty test. The SAP will also provide the company with a follow-up program. MedTrac assists companies with locating an SAP in their area that is Certified to Perform DOT Evaluations.

What Does A SAP Do?

You were referred to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), so what do they do?.

  • Evaluates an individual that tested positive for a substance.
  • Determine the degree of use / addiction.
  • Provide educational courses and / or treatments.
  • Determine when the individual is eligiable for return to work consideration and what follow-up testing will be recommended.

Completing the SAP Process

An individual that has violated the DOT drug and alcohol testing program by testing positive or refusing to test, needs to complete the recommended follow-up testing protocol as outlined by the SAP. The completion of the follow-up testing protocol is mandatory and tracked since 2020 for FMCSA covered employees in the FMCSA Clearinghouse Database. Prior to an employer hiring an employee for FMCSA covered work the employer is required to check the database to see if the employee is precluded from performing safety sensitive work.