Compassionate Therapy Inc.
 Phillip Ybarra  760.443.1397
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What is a SAP?

                                  Substance Abuse Professional

The Department of Transportation (DOT) defines the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as “a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation, such as testing positive for alcohol and controlled substance use, or refusing to be tested. The SAP makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.”

A SAP is defined as an individual who is a lecensed physician (Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy), a licensed therapist or psychologist, a licensed or certified employee assistance professional, or an alcohol and drug abuse counselor certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug abuse Counselors Certification Commission (NAADAC) or by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug abuse (IC&RC).

The SAP must have knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse-related disorders and understand how the SAP role relates to the special responsibilities employers have for ensuring the safety of the traveling public. The SAP must receive qualification training and complete an examination given by a nationally recognized professional or training organization and must comprehensively cover all the elements required for the qualification training. The SAP must also complete at east 12 professional development hours every three year.

All positive tests and refusal to test now have consequences.  Only DOT specially trained SAP's can provide the drug and alcohol assessments.  The SAP MUST recommend some type of education and/or treatment in all cases.  In order for the employee to return to work, they must comply with the recommendations.  The return-to-duty process is mandatory for those who have a positive drug test, fail to submit a test, or register a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .04.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued revisions to the drug and alcohol testing procedures in 49 CFR Part 40 effective August 1, 2001.  One of the revisions deals with the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and Return-to-Duty.

Phillip's SAP Services include:


Assessment with Education/Treatment Recommendations


Referrals for Appropriate Education/Treatment Programs


Case Management


Follow Up Appointment

We offer FREE professional phone consultations for drug and or alcohol rehab/treatment placements, insurance confirmation and provide comprehensive drug and/or alcohol treatment coordination services for therapists, families, employers or individuals looking for drug and/or alcohol rehab/treatment services.  We network with several drug rehab/treatment programs locally San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange Counties and across the country who take many insurances.