Completing a SAP evaluation requires considerable time from your SAP. In addition to the two face to face interviews, the SAP must review all testing that was completed, call all parties with information regarding the violation, write a comprehensive substance abuse evaluation, determine the follow up recommendations and complete documentation of compliance or non-compliance. In addition, the SAP remains a resource to the employee moving forward in their Return to Work process.
In general, the employee is required to pay for all evaluation and follow up services. Occasionally the employer will cover the costs either independently or through an EAP program. An employee should discuss these options with their employer.
To review the regulations set forth by the Department of Transportation regarding SAP evaluations please go to: http://www.dot.gov/ost/dapc/index.html