It’s sometimes hard to believe but we celebrate our 16th birthday in February, 2023. That means we are entering our 17th year helping individuals and families. We are always mindful that it is an honor and privilege to help individuals and families navigate the often challenging waters that can come their way. Whether it is a failed DOT test, assessments for court, treatment facilitation or an intervention, Heartland Intervention and our founder Scott J. Watson has the clinical credentials and proven track record of providing quality clinical and non-clinical services in an ethical and responsible manner.
As we begin 2023, most of our services continue to be remote in nature. That means that Scott will handle most assessments and counseling sessions via secure Zoom in accordance with federal rule (49 CFR 40) and state law. And- in 2023 our office will see NO FEE INCREASES. That means we will continue to offer excellent services at the same prices as before. In fact- Scott’s standard therapy rate remains what it was when we opened 16 years ago.
You can reach out to us directly at email@example.com to ask questions or get any of the paperwork necessary to begin an assessment or counseling process. Founder Scott Watson has a front row seat to watch lives improve. And again this year- we look forward to helping those who are in need of DOT/SAP services, assessments for legal or workplace violations and those who need therapy related to stress/coping, anxiety, shame or any of a variety of substance-related issues.
Whether clients are facing criminal charges such as a DUI or civil issues like divorce and child custody issues- many attorneys suggest their clients get an independent substance use evaluation. These evaluations can prove valuable in reducing jail or probation time or can aid in getting driver’s privileges reinstated.
While the idea of getting a drug/alcohol evaluation can be dauting, it is a service that we have offered for many years. Heartland Intervention, LLC founder Scott J Watson specializes in evaluation. Each evaluation will come with clinical and/or educational recommendations where appropriate. Every client will receive an assessment letter which can be used in court, for probation or to comply with workplace policy violations.
If you would like to know more…or if you’d like to schedule an evaluation- we are here to help. Contact Scott directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He has the professional experience to guide you through the process quickly and efficiently.
ODAPC has issued a host of proposed changes to the rules that govern many aspects of the DOT testing and compliance. While this is not the place to detail them all, Heartland Intervention is following these developments closely and will continue to follow all of the DOT guidance.
Among the changes that are proposed are the testing of saliva in addition to urine as a means of determining compliance. The DOT also seems poised to allow for remote assessments of those engaged in the Return to Duty Process going forward. Heartland founder Scott J Watson says, “It’s good to see that the rules are keeping up with the realities. All too often things change too slowly but these changes seem to mostly make sense.”.
If you are an employer or an employee that has ANY questions about DOT compliance- please reach out. We are hear to serve you and our experience and expertise in unmatched.
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 email@example.com He looks forward to hearing from you.