Is an Intervention Necessary?

Several families have recently reached out to Heartland Intervention, LLC 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.

Heartland founder Scott J. Watson met with both of those families to get to know each family, the patters of use, medical, psychiatric, vocational and legal history- previous treatment history and more. This allows us to craft the best possible response.

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. 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 to get their loved one to choose treatment for their alcohol or drug use. We have specialized training and years of experience.

If you are worried about someone- don’t wait! Call Scott J. Watson today at 317-752-8811 to discuss if an intervention might be right for your family.

Substance Use Assessment

Many of our clients come to Heartland Intervention following an arrest for DUI, possession or similar charges. Some arrive on their own and some are urged by their attorney to get a substance use evaluation prior to or as part of their court proceedings.

Heartland Intervention, LLC founder Scott J. Watson specializes in clinical substance use assessment. He holds a Masters degree and is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a qualified DOT Substance Abuse Professional. Scott understands that arrests can be embarrassing, scary and expensive. He has worked with hundreds of clients who need an affordable, professional substance abuse assessment for court, probation or as part of a treatment facilitation. Scott is an experienced professional whose evaluations are valid in all 50 states.

Call Scott today at 317-752-8811 to schedule your assessment. You can learn more about our various clinical evaluations HERE.

Was it a Violation?

As one of the leading providers of DOT/SAP evaluations in Central Indiana, Heartland Intervention, LLC regularly sees clients as part of the CFR Part 40 Return to Duty process.  It’s also not uncommon for a client to seek such an evaluation, when they don’t really need or qualify under the federal rule.

So when is a “DOT violation” not really a violation?  CFR Part 40 requires an evaluation when a covered employee fails one of the following types of urine drug screen or breath alcohol test:  Pre-employment, Random, Follow-up, Return to Duty, Post-Accident and Reasonable Suspicion.  These are the ONLY types of test covered under the rule.

When an employee fails a test administered under company policy, union agreement or as part of a physical- even a DOT physical- it can be problematic, even dangerous.  But it is NOT a DOT violation and does not allow for a DOT assessment. As with many cases, there are a couple of loopholes and exclusions.  That is precisely why employers and employees trust Scott J. Watson and Heartland Intervention.

If you have question about CFR Part 40, contact us directly.  As a qualified DOT/SAP, Scott J. Watson has both clinical expertise and years of experience needed to navigate this challenging process.  He can answer your questions directly at 317-752-8811.

The Return to Duty process can be complex and challenging.  Trust an expert to guide you through the process or keep your company compliant with federal rule.

Summertime DUI

 

Summer and DUI

For many of us Summer features picnics, reunions, concerts and parties which often feature alcohol and drug use.  It’s common to pick up the paper and find that public officials, teachers, coaches and others well known in the community have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI, OVWI or similar).  The experience is understandably challenging but can be made much better by getting an independent, professional assessment.

When facing charges for drunk driving or similar, many defendants will choose to be represented by an attorney.  Many attorneys will request that their clients get an assessment to assist with the legal defense.  Experience shows and attorneys tell us that an assessment can greatly reduce probation or jail time and can be useful in obtaining a hardship drivers license.

Professional Evaluations and Assessments

When seeking an assessment, it is important to look for these three things: proper professional credentials, independent affiliation and experience.  It’s critical that your assessment be completed by someone with a Masters Degree and LCAC licensure.  Anything less is not enough.  It’s important to utilize an independent professional who has no ties to treatment facilities.  This assures no dual relationships and that you will get an honest evaluation of your use and situation.  Finally, you should use a professional who is experienced not just as a therapist but as an evaluator and report creator.

At Heartland Intervention, our founder Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) with experience in conducting complex substance use evaluations.  If you or a loved one are facing legal charges or needs an evaluation for any other reason, call us at 317-752-8811.  We are committed to affordable and professional care in timely manner.

Drivers Face DOT Changes

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The FMCSA has signaled big changes in an effort to close a loophole in the DOT Return to Duty Process. In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking state licensing agencies will be required to “downgrade” the license of a driver for whom a verified positive drug test, a confirmed alcohol test of 0.04 or higher, a refusal to submit to a test, or an employer’s actual knowledge is reported to the Clearinghouse.  In short- fail a urine drug screen or breath alcohol test, you will lose your license as well.

The goal of this proposed change is to make sure that employees are not merely switching employers following a violation. CFR Part 40 requires those employees to complete the specified Return to Duty Process which includes seeing a qualified Substance Abuse Professional.  While no date has been announced for this change it will likely occur as the Clearinghouse goes into effect in January, 2020.  The Clearinghouse requires all violations to be entered into a web-based data system.

We at Heartland Intervention, LLC applaud this change but realize that it will likely result in dramatically higher costs for employees. We are a leading provider of DOT Substance Abuse Professional evaluations in Indiana.  If you have any questions about this change the current DOT Return to Duty guidelines, call Scott J. Watson, SAP directly at 317-752-8811.