Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson is a qualified DOT Substance Abuse Professional (DOT/SAP). Scott has years of experience navigating the DOT Return to Duty Process. He is happy to answer any questions. Call Scott directly at 317-752-8811 to schedule a DOT/SAP Evaluation. If you need a NON-DOT assessment, click HERE.
Return to Duty Process for Employees
Before you can return to a DOT safety-sensitive position, you must successfully complete a return-to-duty process as outlined in CFR Part 40.
A Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) must:
- Conduct a thorough face-to-face DOT/SAP Evaluation
- Present recommendations for education and/or treatment
- Send a report to the employer about that recommendation
- Monitor employee’s progress within that plan
- Conduct a face-to-face follow-up DOT/SAP evaluation to determine compliance
- If appropriate, Update the FMCSA Clearinghouse to indicate RTD status.
If the SAP determines the treatment was successful, the SAP will send a report of compliance to your employer. Employees can then take a Return to Duty test or a Pre-Employment test for a new employer (The specimen collection will be observed).
If the SAP determines NON-compliance, the SAP must send a report of non-compliance to your employer.
Employees that successfully return to duty will face follow-up testing as well.
The SAP must outline a follow-up testing plan of no fewer than 6 unannounced tests, over at least 12 months. However, the SAP may require any number of tests, over 60 months. The specimen collection will be observed.
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If you have any questions about the DOT Return to Duty process- call Scott directly at 317-752-8811. He is a qualified DOT/SAP and will be more than happy to answer questions from employers and employees.