Substance Abuse Evaluations
Department of Transportation
Fort Wellness Counseling provides substance abuse assessments for individuals who have been mandated by the Department of Transportation to have a substance abuse evaluation completed. A Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol program regulation (Regulation 49 CFR Part 40) and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.
A SAP represents the major decision point (and in some cases the only decision point) an employer may have in choosing whether or not to place an employee behind the steering wheel of a school bus, in the cockpit of a plane, at the helm of an oil tanker, at the throttle of a train, in the engineer compartment of a subway car, or at the emergency control valves of a natural gas pipeline. The SAP is an advocate for neither the employer nor the employee. The function is to protect the public interest in safety by professionally evaluating the employee and recommending appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare.
Employees that are covered under these regulations include the following from these six agencies (Updated October 15th, 2018):
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 49 CFR Part 382
Covered employee: A person who operates (i.e., drives) a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) with a gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) of 26,001 or more pounds; or is designed to transport 16 or more occupants (to include the driver); or is of any size and is used in the transport of hazardous materials that require the vehicle to be placarded.
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) 49 CFR Part 219
Regulated employee: A person who performs covered service (subject to hours of service laws) functions at a rate sufficient to be placed into the railroad’s random testing program. Categories of personnel who normally perform these functions are locomotive engineers, trainmen, conductors, switchmen, locomotive hostlers/helpers, utility employees, signalmen, operators, and train dispatchers.
In addition, a person who performs a maintenance-of-way/roadway worker function (as defined in 49 CFR Part 214) who are employees or contractors of a railroad, have a potential to foul the track, and perform a regulated function such as inspection, construction, maintenance or repair of railroad track, bridges, roadway, signal and communication systems, electric traction systems, roadway facilities or roadway maintenance machinery on or near track, as well, flagman and watchmen/lookouts.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 14 CFR Part 120
Covered employee: A person who performs flight crewmember duties, flight attendant duties, flight instruction duties, aircraft dispatch duties, aircraft maintenance or preventive maintenance duties; ground security coordinator duties; aviation screening duties; air traffic control duties, and operations control specialist duties. Note: Anyone who performs the above duties directly or by contract for a part 119 certificate holder authorized to operate under parts 121 and/or 135, air tour operators defined in 14 CFR part 91.147, and air traffic control facilities not operated by the Government are considered covered employees.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 49 CFR Part 655
Covered employee: A person who performs a revenue vehicle operation; revenue vehicle and equipment maintenance; revenue vehicle control or dispatch (optional); Commercial Drivers License non-revenue vehicle operation; or armed security duties.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 49 CFR Part 199
Covered employee: A person who performs on a pipeline or liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility an operation, maintenance, or emergency-response function.
United States Coast Guard (USCG) 46 CFR Parts 4 and 16
Covered employee: A person who is on board a vessel acting under the authority of a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner's document. Also, a person engaged or employed on board a U.S. owned vessel and such vessel is required to engage, employ or be operated by a person holding a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner's document.
If you need to schedule a SAP evaluation, you can either call us at 682-232-4003 or schedule a DOT Substance Abuse Evaluation online by clicking here. You can also email our Substance Abuse Professional, Rane Wallace, LPC, LCDC, SAP at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to get the scheduling process started. If we do not answer your call immediately, please leave a voicemail with your name and number and indicate that you need to schedule a Substance Abuse Evaluation with a SAP. We will return your phone call as quickly as possible and within one business day.