The DOT today issued the Random Testing Rates determined by ODAPC for each of the various modal agencies. The Federal Railroad Administration annual random drug testing rate for Maintenance-of-Way employees will be 25% in 2022. The annual testing rates for all other DOT Agencies will remain the same as they were for 2021.
If you have questions about any DOT drug and alcohol return to duty compliance issues, contact our office. Scott J. Watson is a qualified DOT/SAP and is available to answer your questions.
If what we all read is true, Covid-19, which has lingered into 2022, has impacted the entire world. Even those who have remained healthy notice supply chain issues, rising costs, labor shortages and more. For those with existing mental health or issues with addiction/recovery, the pandemic has brought about a whole new set of struggles.
In 2021, our office saw a record number of people who needed to get an assessment following a failed drug/alcohol screen or a legal issue related to substance use. While certainly not scientific, the increase is certainly not due to more marketing on our part. It seems to be because substance use has increased.
The Pandemic has caused Heartland Intervention to be nimble as well. Among these changes is that we are seeing a majority of our clients via secure video conference. ODAPC has allowed for these changes and we have streamlined some of our procedures to make sure we provide quality professional services for our clients. The quickest way to reach out to us during this period is via email. Our founder Scott J. Watson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org He looks forward to hearing from you.
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The FMCSA announced recently that they have increased the drug testing rates for employees in safety-sensitive duty. Truck drivers and others covered by the rule will likely be subject to an increased number of random drug screens in 2020. The alcohol rate remains at 10%.
According to a document published in the Federal Register on Dec. 27, the agency is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing from 25% of the average number of driver positions to 50% of the average number of driver positions. This change will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Who is Impacted?
For reference, FMCSA estimates there are 3.2 million commercial driver license holders participating in interstate commerce and 1 million CDL holders. Under the annual random testing rate of 25% of all driving positions, this meant at least 1.05 million random controlled substances tests were to be conducted. With a testing rate of 50%, approximately 2.1 million random tests will need to be conducted in 2020.
DOT Return to Duty Changes
Employees who don’t pass those screens will be subject to the DOT Return to Duty Process as outlined in CFR Part 40. Aside from the addition of the Clearinghouse in 2020- that process remains largely the same. Our friends at ITI have included this in their announcement this week.
DOT/SAP Services from Heartland Intervention
Heartland Intervention, LLC is the leading provider of Substance Abuse Professional services in the area. Scott J. Watson is a qualified DOT/SAP with many years of experience. He is registered in the FMCSA Clearinghouse and ready to assist you.
These changes can be confusing for drivers and companies alike. For more info, click HERE. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Scott- call 317-752-8811.
Several families have recently reached out to Heartland Intervention, with the same question: Is an intervention necessary? It’s common to wonder about this when you are concerned or troubled by a loved one’s substance use or addiction. And the answer is not the same for every family.
Heartland founder Scott J. Watson meets with families to learn more about the patterns of use, medical, psychiatric, vocational and legal history- previous treatment history and more. This allows us to craft the best possible response.
What NOT to Do
Before meeting with us- most families have tried begging a person to go to treatment. Many have also yelled, screamed and cried during those conversations. That didn’t work.
Intervention is not about just approaching or confronting a loved one with a substance abuse problem. Rather it is about having the whole family and support system rally around a comprehensive plan of action. Heartland Intervention specializes in working with families who want their loved one to choose treatment for their alcohol or drug use.
Why Choose Heartland Intervention and Scott J. Watson?
Heartland Intervention exists to save lives and families by lovingly offering recovery instead of addiction. Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and Masters Addictions Counselor with years of intervention experience. He is qualified and ethical! If you are worried about someone- don’t wait! Call Scott J. Watson today at 317-752-8811 to discuss “Is an intervention necessary” for your loved-one.
For more information, you can learn about intervention HERE.