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Employees working in safety-sensitive functions for the transportation industry are subject to federal drug and alcohol use and testing regulations, under the federal Department of Transportation (DOT) rules Part 40. Any employee who violates these regulations may not be returned to any safety-sensitive functions in the transportation industry until the individual successfully completes the SAP and return-to-duty process.

The licensed clinician responsible for overseeing this process is a Substance Abuse Professional or an SAP. Our clinician has met the necessary standards and requirements established by DOT. The SAP links the organization's DER, the employee, and the professional providing the recommended course of education and/or treatment. Our initial and final assessments are $700.00 each. Please call us at 757-379-5278 to begin the process. You may also reach us by e-mail at


Substance Abuse Professional SAP: Providing Support and Treatment to Those in Need

Substance abuse is a severe problem that affects a large number of people worldwide. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause severe stress, damage relationships, affect mental and physical health, and even lead to loss of life. Fortunately, guidance and treatment from a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) can provide support, encourage behavior changes, and help start the road to recovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much is an assessment?
    The evaluation costs $150.00 and we require payment prior to the appointment time. We also require any referral documentation regarding charges, including VASAP documentation, prior to the appointment.
  • Why do I need a treatment assessment?
    It is crucial that you understand the reason for the evaluation before your scheduled appointment. Please refer to the agency or individual that recommended you to complete the assessment to answer this question.
  • What insurances are accepted?
    We do not accept insurance at this time; however, we offer flexible payment options to ensure our services are accessible to all. Reach out to us today to discuss the available payment options and start your journey towards improved mental well-being.
  • Does this course meet the court requirements?
    Participants are advised to verify whether this program is recognized and meets the specified criteria of their respective program, referral source, court, or legal representative before enrolling. While this program is widely accepted throughout the nation, it is recommended that participants conduct due diligence to ensure the program satisfies the specific requirements of their jurisdiction.
  • What tool is used during the assessment?
    The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Assessment is a tool used by addiction treatment professionals to determine the most appropriate level of care for individuals seeking addiction treatment. The ASAM Assessment is a comprehensive tool that considers all aspects of an individual's life, including medical, psychological, and social factors. It is designed to help individuals receive the most effective treatment for their specific needs. If you are struggling with addiction, seeking professional help through the use of the ASAM Assessment can set you on the path to recovery.
  • How do I enroll in the Treatment Group?
    STOP! You must receive an assessment by a qualified clinician before you can enroll in this program.
  • What can I expect in the Treatment Group?
    This program is designed to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of individuals' alcohol dependency and the necessary behavioral modifications required for safer driving practices. Participants are expected to attend an 8-week, 2-hour sessions, with punctuality and active involvement highly encouraged. The program has been extensively researched and is evidence-based, making it a widely accepted treatment cohort by courts. The course is instructed by a skilled licensed professional treatment provider who has fulfilled all requirements of the Board of Counseling and the Commission on Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.
  • What materials are needed for the Treatment Groups?
    Each participant will be issued worksheets, resources and handouts.

Get Started Today

At Palmetto Cognitive Solutions, we provide a comprehensive, personalized, and confidential treatment solution. We understand the challenges that face individuals dealing with substance abuse and are committed to helping our clients achieve sobriety, maintain employment, and rebuild their lives.

If you need a Substance Abuse Professional SAP, don’t hesitate to contact us for a highly confidential consultation, treatment, or referral to appropriate support services. We are here to help.

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