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DOT Changes Counseling Requirements
As some of you may be aware the Department Of Transportation (DOT)
has released the new Substance Abuse
Professional Guidelines (SAP). These guidelines cover over 7
million transportation safety-sensitive positions such as; airline
pilots, school bus drivers, shipping boat captains, and tractor
trailer drivers just to name a few. The regulations require that
any safety-sensitive individual who refuses a test, tests positive
for drugs or has a breath alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater
must be immediately removed from duty and referred to a SAP.
Currently, all Certified Addiction Professionals (CAP) who have
taken the oral exam, meet the definition of SAP because of the
Florida Certification Board’s membership in the International
Certification Reciprocity Consortium. The definition
of a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is as follows: a SAP is
“a licensed physician” (Medical Doctor or Doctor of
Osteopathy); or a licensed or certified psychologist; social worker;
or employee assistance professional; or an addiction counselor
(certified either by the Florida Certification Board as a CAC
having completed both the international and oral exams or a CAP
having completed the oral exam or the National
Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification
Commission or by the International Certification Reciprocity
Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse).
change in the requirement is that all SAPs be knowledgeable and
remain current with the DOT Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines.
To this end, the US Department of Transportation is requiring that
all existing SAP’s receive qualified training, and complete
the SAP training before December 31, 2003. Following the completion
of the SAP training you must satisfactorily complete an examination.
Then, all SAPs need a refresher course every 3-years to be able
to act as a Substance Abuse Professional.
order to meet the needs of the certified population the Florida
Certification Board has developed a 12-hour home study course that
will satisfy the SAP training requirements. The course “The
Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines, as required by the US DOT”
will give you knowledge of the SAP’s core competencies and
what you need to know to be an effective Substance Abuse Professional.
The training is only one part of the new requirement; the other
is the exam.
Abuse Professional Guidelines (SAP)
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