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The Return to Duty Process

The return to duty process can be confusing.  Here are the 5 steps in the process:

Step 1: Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Evaluation

The evaluation consists of online questionnaires and a face-to-face substance abuse evaluation.

Step 2: Complete the Recommendation Course Action

Based on the results of your assessment you will be referred to education, counselling, outpatient treatment, in-patient treatment, and possibly drug testing.

Step 3: Complete a Follow-up SAP Evaluation

The purpose of this face-to-face assessment is to evaluate your compliance with the Recommended Course of Action and determine your eligibility for Return-to-Duty testing.

Step 4: Return to Duty Testing

Only your current or potential US DOT employer can send you for a Return to Duty test.  Return to Duty tests must be done under direct observation.

Step 5: Follow-up Drug & Alcohol Testing

Follow-up testing can last up to five years.  Each follow-up test must be done under direct observation. Your DOT employer is responsible managing the follow-up testing plan.

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