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.
As a professional clinical business, we take pride in providing excellent clinical services to our clients and their families. We have recently been fighting bots, malware and other things that have compromised our web page. We are working to combat it and restore helpful and appropriate content.
We sincerely apologize for some of the content posted to our page without our knowledge. We are working with website developers, hosting and security experts to make sure we don’t have a repeat of these unfortunate posts. Thanks for your understanding and trust.
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.
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. One of the Best Divorce Johnson County requests 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.