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“Clinical supervision is a disciplined, tutorial process wherein principles are transformed into practical skills, with four overlapping foci: administrative, evaluative, clinical and supportive.” – Powell, D. & Brodsky A. (2004)

Dr. Cherich has honed her skills in over two decades of working as a consultant, counselor and clinical supervisor in both mental health and addictions. She offers individual and group supervision; presentations, workshops, and team facilitation. She has a Ph.D. from Capella University, a master degree from Johns Hopkins University and a post-graduate certificate in Rehab Counseling.

Dr. Cherich can offer clinical supervision for those in need of 100 hours face to face clinical supervision in both Tennessee and Kentucky. This includes a Clinical Supervision Agreement that will include the Credentials of the clinical supervisor, details about session cost, but often employers will fund the Clinical Supervision of their employees. Whatever the arrangement, where the supervisee is responsible for paying for the supervision sessions, costs are to be negotiated between the Clinical Supervisor and supervisee. Most clinical supervisors have a set fee that they charge for Clinical Supervision for an example agreement, click here.

Working with the Military Community

As a licensed clinician in both mental health and addictions, my business as a veteran-owned business is to work with the military community. I am a member of the DAV, American Legion, and Veteran’s Coalition in Clarksville, Tennessee and maintain a private practice with a specialty in the military community. I can help to coordinate services you may need.

What is a DOT-SAP Provider?

The DOT-SAP provider is a credentialed provider who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Why must I be tested?

After several significant transportation accidents, Congress passes the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1981, because they recognized the safety need for ensuring drug-and-alcohol-free transportation employees. The “Act” required DOT Agencies to implement drug testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees in the aviation, trucking (including school bus drivers, and certain limousine and van drivers), railroads, mass transit, and pipelines industries. In 1994, DOT added alcohol testing requirements to its regulations.

What are the drug & alcohol testing rules and how to find them?

The DOT agencies (the Federal Aviation Administration [aviation], the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [trucking], the Federal Railroad Administration [rail], the Federal Transit Administration [mass transit] and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [pipeline] and the United States Coast Guard) USCG [maritime] each have industry-specific regulations which in total cover approximately 12.1 million transportation employees who perform safety-sensitive functions. These regulations spell out who is subject to testing, when and in what circumstances. Once you have violated the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations, you are considered ineligible to perform safety-sensitive duties for any employer until you have completed the SAP process. If you are a DOT mandated employee, and you receive a positive test, you must be removed from safety-sensitive duty until you complete the Return-to-Duty SAP process.

How long is the SAP Process?

The DOT-SAP provider will make a clinical assessment and recommend treatment and/or education based on your individual needs. Note: The SAP must make a recommendation for some level of care per DOT CFR 49 Part 40 Subpart O. A return to duty and follow-up testing is required on a Return-to-Duty Drug/Alcohol screening before returning to DOT safety-sensitive work. One is also subject to unannounced follow-up testing for 1 to 5 years as determined by the DOT-SAP and provided to your employer. You are not permitted to perform DOT safely sensitive duties during the DOT-SAP process. However, you may work in a non-safety-sensitive function. Placement in a non-safety-sensitive position is at the discretion of your employer.

DOT/SAP Evaluations

DOT/SAP evaluations must be conducted face to face that includes an evaluation, an assessment, education/treatment recommendations, treatment monitoring, follow-up assessment, and all compliance reporting. DOT-covered employees are typically seen within 24-48 hours.

DOT/SAP RETURN TO DUTY PROCESS

If an employee tests positive or refuses to be tested or has one of DOT’s other violations, DOT requires the employer to immediately remove that employee from safety-sensitive functions. The employee must either find a job outside of the transportation industry or complete the DOT Return to Duty Process.

The return-to-duty process requires a qualified and trained DOT-SAP provide: This requires a report be sent to the employer, specifying the recommendation for treatment and/or education and must then monitor the employee’s progress.

The SAP must re-evaluate the employee and determine if s/he is compliant. Documentation of the compliance is then sent to the employer who may choose to offer the employee a Return to Duty test.

Alcohol Use Screening –

(AUDIT-C)

Depression Screening –

(PHQ-9)

Substance Abuse Screening –

(ASSIST)