FMCSA Clearinghouse Is Here

 The FMCSA Clearinghouse, mandated by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill of 2012, is now live. Heartland Intervention is registered and ready for this important change. Registration for FMCSA Clearinghouse is required for employers, consortium/third-party administrators, Medical Review Officers and Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs)

Clearinghouse Impact

The Clearinghouse is expected to impact a variety aspects of those who work in or serve the transportation industry. This includes:

  • The pre-employment process
  • The annual review
  • Managing your drug and alcohol testing program
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Employee training
  • Background check dispute management
  • Disclosure & authorization process
  • Return to Duty Process

Those who have not registered for the Clearinghouse should do so NOW. This can be done HERE and is required for many. Call our office at 317-752-8811 if you have questions.

Impact of DOT Return to Duty

SAPs use the Clearinghouse to report specific information about a CDL driver’s return-to-duty (RTD) activities. This information includes the date of completion of the initial SAP assessment, and the date the SAP determines that the driver is eligible for RTD testing, per § 382.705(d).

The actual Return to Duty Process remains the same for employees that have a violation due to a failed urine drug screen or breath alcohol test. The DOT raised the testing rate for 2020. This will likely result in many more SAP cases in Central Indiana and across the nation.

Heartland Intervention Can Help

The new rules will likely cause many questions. When facing a DOT violation or if you need DOT/SAP services, call 317-752-8811. Scott J. Watson is a qualified DOT/SAP with many years of experience. He is happy to answer questions of employers and employees.

FMCSA Increases Testing Rates

Scott Watson is a Qualified DOT/SAP.
Call Heartland Intervention at 317-752-8811 for all your DOT/SAP needs.

Testing Rate Increases in 2020

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.

Seeking Help For Addiction

Worried About Alcohol and Drug Use

When worried about a loved-one’s alcohol and drug use, many families turn to Heartland Intervention for help. Whether that is for a substance use assessment or consultation, Heartland Intervention can guide families seeking help for addiction by recommending the best addiction recovery treatment center.

Licensed… Experienced… Ethical

Often, families are worried about making the drug and alcohol use worse. They want to know how to help. Families need an experienced professional to guide them- providing options for the next steps. Our founder Scott J. Watson is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and a Master Addictions Counselor with years of experience helping families. He takes the ethical responsibility of helping his clients very seriously. You can call him today at 317-752-8811.

Get Help… Recovery is Possible

Every family has different needs and fears- when seeking help for addiction. We urge families not to wait- it only gets worse. Heartland Intervention offers consultation, intervention facilitation or provide a substance use assessment. Many families say they feel better after coming to the office and getting their questions answered by a trusted, experienced professional. All meetings are also designed to give families options.

When seeking help for addiction know that recovery awaits- no matter how hopeless the situation may feel today. But recovery begins with helping to get people into clinically-appropriate levels of treatment. Heartland Intervention exists to save lives and families by lovingly provide recovery instead of addiction. Our founder often says he has, “A front row seat to watch lives change.”. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you.

Is an Intervention Necessary?

An Important Question

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.

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.