DOT SAP Evaluations
Substance Abuse Evaluation Chicago

  • Servicing all 50 States
  • Remote Evaluation through Phone or Video
  • DOT Approved Evaluations
  • DOT Return to Duty Process (RTD)
Anna Jankowska, LCPC

Anna Jankowska, LCPC

Contact Anna to schedule an initial interview and discuss your DOT Return to Duty Process.

We offer remote online DOT substance abuse evaluations approved by the court and the Secretary of State in all 50 states.

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Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation and conducts a substance abuse evaluation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare in order to return the employee to his/her work duties as soon as is safely possible. In accordance with DOT regulations, a SAP possesses knowledge and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse-related disorders and provides the following services:

  • Consultation and coordination of services with the employer
  • Comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine the appropriate level of assistance
  • Referral for treatment and case management
  • Follow-up assessment and monitoring of compliance with recommended services
  • Employee drug and alcohol education and treatment (for individuals recommended to attend education and/or treatment as a result of a SAP evaluation conducted by another SAP provider).

Drug Testing Policy

Organizations with safety-sensitive positions that are regulated by the Department of Transportation must have a substance abuse policy that calls for the utilization of SAP services. Types of drug and alcohol tests that the organization may be required to conduct include pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, reasonable cause, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up. Passing a test means a negative drug test result and/or an alcohol test with an alcohol concentration of less than 0.02.

Employees who violate the DOT alcohol and drug policy must immediately be removed from safety-sensitive duties. Employers are not required to provide a SAP evaluation or any subsequent recommended education or treatment for an employee. However, if the employer offers the employee an opportunity to return to DOT safety-sensitive duty, the employer must ensure that the employee goes through the entire SAP return-to-duty process to include successful compliance with the SAP’s recommendations.

The employer is required to provide the employee (including an applicant or new employee) who violates a DOT drug and alcohol regulation a listing of qualified SAPs available to the employee. In the scenario where the employer fires the employee, after providing a list of at least two qualified SAPs, the employer has no further obligation to facilitate referral to the SAP, ensure that the employee receives a SAP evaluation or seek to obtain the SAP reports.

Substance Abuse Evaluation

A SAP will provide a comprehensive face-to-face assessment and clinical evaluation to determine what level of assistance the employee needs in resolving problems associated with alcohol use or prohibited drug use. After the assessment, the SAP will recommend a course of education and/or treatment which the employee must successfully complete before returning to DOT safety-sensitive duty. Treatment recommendations can include but are not limited to in-patient treatment, partial in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, education programs, and aftercare. Education recommendation can include but are not limited to drug and alcohol education courses, self-help groups, and community lectures.

Employees and employers are prohibited from seeking a second SAP evaluation to obtain another recommendation after a qualified SAP evaluated the employee. Employers are not to rely on a second evaluation if the employee receives one contrary to this prohibition. No one may change in any way the SAP’s evaluation or recommendations for assistance. Only the SAP who made the initial assessment may modify the evaluation and recommendations based on new or additional information.

Before the employee’s return to safety-sensitive duties, the SAP has to provide a face-to-face follow-up evaluation with the employee to determine if the employee has demonstrated successful compliance with recommendations of the initial assessment. This evaluation must be accomplished before an employer can consider the employee for return to safety-sensitive functions. Therefore, the assessment serves to provide the employer with assurance that employee has made appropriate clinical progress sufficient to go back to duty.

After violating a DOT alcohol and drug regulation and before performing safety-sensitive functions in any DOT regulated industry, the employee must receive a SAP evaluation and demonstrate satisfactory compliance with the recommendations. Employers are responsible for making sure that newly hired employees, who had violated the DOT alcohol and drug regulation prior to being hired, obtain a SAP evaluation and successfully complete the recommendations before performing any safety-sensitive duties. The current employer is responsible for administering the follow-up drug and alcohol testing recommended by the SAP.

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Follow-up Testing

A SAP will develop and direct a follow-up testing plan for the employee returning to work following successful compliance. The number and frequency of unannounced follow-up tests are led by a SAP and must consist of at least six tests in the first 12 months following the employee’s return to safety-sensitive duties. Follow-up testing can last up to 60 months. The employer is responsible for ensuring that the employee is tested according to the plan. The employer must conduct all of the follow-up tests as well as the return-to-duty test as directly observed collections, which includes a procedure for ensuring the employee does not have a prosthetic and other devices designed to carry clean urine or a urine substitute. Follow-up testing is an important way that the employer has to determine if the employee has stopped using controlled substances or misusing alcohol.

If the SAP determines that an employee referred for alcohol abuse also uses drugs, or that an employee referred for drug use also abuses alcohol, the SAP can require that the individual is tested for both substances. The SAP’s decision to test for both can be based on information gathered during the initial evaluation, the SAP’s consultation contacts with the treatment program, and/or the information presented during the follow-up evaluation.

Follow-up testing is directly related to a rule violation and subsequent return to safety-sensitive duty. Random tests are independent of rule violations. Therefore, the two test types are to be separated – one cannot be substituted for the other or be conducted in place of the other. Follow-up testing should be unpredictable, unannounced, and conducted no less than six times throughout the first 12 months after the employee returns to safety-sensitive functions. Follow-up testing should be spread throughout the 12-month period and not be grouped into a shorter interval, although the testing can be more frequent during the initial months and less frequent during the final period. Follow-up testing can last up to 60 months. An employee subject to follow-up testing will continue to be subject to an employer’s random testing program. It is important to note that a follow-up test that is canceled is not a complete test; a canceled follow-up test must be recollected.

Follow-up testing is not to be conducted in a randomized way. An employee’s follow-up testing program is to be individualized and designed to ensure that the employee is tested the appropriate number of times as directed by the SAP. Random testing is neither individualized nor can it ensure that the employee receives the required number of tests.

Employees testing positive or refusing a test while in a follow-up testing program are subject to specific DOT rules regarding rules violations. In addition, the employees are subject to employer policies related to second violation of DOT rules. At a minimum, the employee must be removed immediately from safety-sensitive duties and must go through the entire SAP process again before returning to safety-sensitive duties.

Continuing assistance

Occasionally an employee will need continuing assistance with an alcohol and drug problem even if the employee is ready to return to work. If needed a SAP will provide the employee and employer with recommendations for aftercare – continuing education and/or treatment needed after return to safety-sensitive duties.

Payment for SAP Services and Drug and Alcohol Testing

Payment for any SAP services as well as education and/or treatment is to be determined by employers and employees and may be regulated by existing management-labor agreements, employer policies, or health care benefits. Likewise, the DOT rules do not mandate responsibility for payment of follow-up testing upon any single party. DOT has left the decision regarding payment to employer policies and to labor-management agreements. Whether the employer pays or the employee pays, if the employee returns to safety-sensitive functions, the employer must ensure that follow-up testing occurs as required. The employer will be held accountable if the follow-up testing plan is not followed.

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REVIEWS

Counseling Center of Illinois
4.3
Based on 44 reviews
Sarai Christian
Sarai Christian
16:53 24 Jul 23
I am an older person with an old dui case from 1985. State told me I had to do a dui evaluation and I found Anna. She helped me fill out all paperwork and since I completed my inpatient treatment back then and she was able to give me a waiver of treatment since my treatment documents were already destroyed. I did not think I will be driving again after so many years but I guess it is possible to do it right even after so many years. Thank you, Anna and her team of counselors.
Karla Serrano
Karla Serrano
06:12 24 Jul 23
I don’t know why Illinois revoked my license because I completed my case in Michigan 15 years ago. When I called Michigan, they told me that they never received my paperwork regarding completion of my classes. I called CCI and they told me I needed a dui evaluation and only 10 hours of classes so I completed that. Then I sent paperwork to Michigan and Illinois reinstated my license too. It was easier than I thought. Counseling Center of Illinois has people who know what they are doing. By the way I tried doing it somewhere else and they did not know how to help me.
Jannette Soto
Jannette Soto
10:39 18 Jul 23
I lost my license because of a DUI but I drive for a living. I am a truck driver so my commercial license was revoked. This was a double problem because I had a case in court and also my job told me I needed an evaluation. Anna was able to do both the dui evaluation and the paperwork for my job. It was really nervous I have a family to support and my wife doesn’t work.
David Corley
David Corley
07:00 15 Jul 23
I am a single parent who lost his license in my 20’s by being foolish. I did not try to get it back because it was too expensive. Counseling Center of Illinois helped me finally to get the evaluation and get my license back after 10 years and they found me treatment free of charge. I could not afford regular program and they took their time to look for a place for me. I did not think it was possible but now I can get a better job.
John Manning
John Manning
08:33 09 Jul 23
I moved to Georgia and I could not do my classes for a DUI there because they have a different program. Counseling Center of Illinois has a remote program so I did not have to come back to Illinois to do my classes. We did it all via zoom. Then I sent all documents to the state of Illinois and they gave me my license back. It was really smooth but I sound not have done it without their help. They had a lot of patience with me since I am computer illiterate but it was still not that hard.
Steven Campbell
Steven Campbell
18:50 05 Jul 23
I moved to Florida and when I went to get my license there, they told me I have a DUI in Illinois. Illinois told me I had to fill out of state document and the counselor had to do my evaluation. Florida did not know how to help me so I reached out to Anna and she explained everything and filled out my out of state paperwork. I was reinstated in Illinois and I got my license in Florida too. Thank you.
Benjamin Bissette
Benjamin Bissette
19:19 02 Jul 23
My case was bad because I have 2 dui arrests. I got denied twice with another agency because they did not tell me that everything had to be consistent with my breath test. My drinking history didn’t make sense and I keep getting denied. Why nobody told me that before?
Melody Flores
Melody Flores
16:51 30 Jun 23
My dui is from Wisconsin and they revoked my license in Illinois and nobody told me this until I was pulled over. I have to drive for work so I lost my job. The cci did my dui eval and the classes and I got my license back. Good job and nice counselors.
Dave Burlin
Dave Burlin
06:24 26 Jun 23
I am a truck driver and they gave me a refusal of drug test because I could not stay to complete my drug test. I was mad because I was there for 2 hours and nobody explained to me that I have to go through this violation process. I have to work and I can’t sit and do nothing. It was really good with Anna because it was easy and I did not have to be out of work for a long time. Please go to her to help you.
Lisa Young
Lisa Young
17:32 23 Jun 23
I had a violation in my clearinghouse for a positive drug test and I was really scared because I was not sure what to do. I am not good with computers. Anna was my SAP and helped me understand it and fill out my paperwork and I was cleared to work in a week. Thank you for all your help.
Nathan Brown
Nathan Brown
19:09 21 Jun 23
Overall, my experience with the DUI evaluation at the Counseling Center of Illinois was exceptional. Their caring staff, comprehensive evaluation process, and personalized recommendations exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend their services to anyone seeking professional and compassionate support for DUI-related matters.
Marta Rabinski
Marta Rabinski
14:26 16 Jun 23
I had a DUI in another state and went to another agency to do my evaluation and got denied. Anna took time to go over the evaluation process and denial and helped me get my license back. I saved a lot of time and money. I recommend her to everyone who needs help and what’s the job done well the first time.
Sasa Serdarevic
Sasa Serdarevic
22:15 09 Jun 23
I had 2 DUI's, expired DL, and worked with Anna J. and her team on my evaluation and preparations for hearing Court, and now I have my RDP. They were awesome and full of understanding. I lost time with the first agency!! If you want the job done, go to Anna and her team. I strongly recommend this people
Luka Ry
Luka Ry
01:59 25 May 23
Wilo Wilk (Wilo)
Wilo Wilk (Wilo)
01:58 25 May 23
Dragana Babin
Dragana Babin
16:04 24 Apr 23
Had a great internship experience in 2012/2013. I learned a lot and had great experience in a diverse area in the field including psychoeducational group therapy anger management groups intakes and individual therapy. Place was super busy. Felt supported as an intern and comfortable to find my approach towards groups and individual therapy.
josef raphael
josef raphael
19:24 18 Oct 22
I had a outdated DUI from over 20 years ago and after being out of the country for 12 years decided to address any and all issues with my license. Initially skeptical when I was first referred to Counseling Center of Illinois. I soon found their counselors to be passionate and purposeful. They were able to make a difficult process easier to acclimate to. I wholeheartedly recommend their services and consider myself fortunate to have made the right choice in counseling.
g musick
g musick
20:41 05 Dec 21
Great place to intern. I learned how to conduct, assessments, write reports and conducted both private and group counseling sessions. Anna teaches you a lot.
Dado dalmatinac
Dado dalmatinac
23:07 04 Mar 21
Very very good and highly recommend .this Counseling Center with Anna and her team.They did great job.they are very nice .very professional. Very friendly. Always have time for any questions from clients. They do very carefully job during your case/problems..explain clearly and prepare for yours d.l.hearing or other case..Again thank you Anna for yours big help .Absolutely 5 stars.
Michael A
Michael A
18:12 29 Dec 20
I had the great honor of interning at Counseling Centers of Illinois. I did my research before joining the center and laughed when I read that the center prides itself as a place that cares and help intern not only learn but also helps in finding jobs. I thought that was a lie and they only said that to entice people. I was proved wrong. I was well trained even though it was in the middle of a raging pandemic and not for once was in the dark about everything.The weekly supervision was on point and Anna takes her time to answer every and all question. Her goal is to make sure we are well trained and that showed itself every single time.Anna and the other staff members showed they really cared about me and not only ensured I had a great experience but they also showed they cared about me as a person and my professional development.I was linked with past interns and they all had nice things to say about Anna and the center and I am forever grateful for the experience. Anna is truly a great supervisor and her care and support go beyond the internship time.I will definitely recommend this center for anyone because they match their words with action.I truly had a great learning experience and I have Anna and all the other hardworking staff and colleagues to thank.
Heather Paterson
Heather Paterson
21:05 22 Dec 20
I interned here for both my Practicum and internship and would highly recommend this site to other emerging mental health professionals. You’ll gain a lot of different experience here conducting various evaluations, as well as individual and group counseling services and case management. Anna and Shana are both really helpful and knowledgeable but will also provide you with enough autonomy to help you grow, develop, and hone in on your skills as you become your own clinician.
Keisha Garrett
Keisha Garrett
04:55 22 Dec 20
As a Master intern during the year of 2018- 2019 CCI was such a wonderful experience and opportunity to learn, and develop, multiple skills in the Substance Abuse community. The professionalism and ethical setting at Counseling Center of Illinois has taught me so much that I would recommend this place to anyone. My experience here has been profoundly rewarding. I'm so grateful for the opportunity and all that I had gained in my training as well as the networking that has be developed with other interns and staff.Keisha Garrett MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Deborah Lynch
Deborah Lynch
03:58 21 Dec 20
My internship with Anna at the Counseling Center of Illinois was amazing. I was able to get very broad experience in all the core functions of addiction counseling. We were given a lot of responsibility and opportunities to experience and practice individual and group counseling, assessments, case management and essential administrative work. Her staff was very knowledgeable and supportive of interns. Anna provided weekly supervision, which involved important opportunities to debrief and analyze our experiences.
Michelle S
Michelle S
02:49 21 Dec 20
The Counseling Center of Illinois is a fantastic place to earn your hours for your internship. I began interning at The Counseling Center of Illinois late summer 2019 and it was one of the best experiences you can ask for. The staff is a pleasure to work with and you gain wonderful and much needed experience to enter the work field. The internship provided guidance and experience that prepared me to be confidant and knowledgeable. Hours for my internship were readily available and I was able to accrue them without any hesitation. The Counseling Center of Illinois is an AMAZING place to join!!!!
Karolina Lesniak
Karolina Lesniak
22:41 20 Dec 20
As a format intern and now a subcontractor, CCI is a great business for your all your mental health and other various services. With multiple Chicagoland locations, CCI provides clients with top tier services and quick turnaround of documentation for completed programs. If you want quality services at a competitive price, check out CCI!
Annette Gammell
Annette Gammell
19:55 20 Dec 20
Mark Pasieka
Mark Pasieka
21:17 31 Oct 19
I am having marital issues, it's in the courts at this stage, really wish I knew then what I had learned these past 5 weeks... I took 2 classes at the same time and spent 2 hours every thursday with Andrew going over anger management and parenting, the classes should be a requirement for anyone that is married, the 500 dollars I spent on both will be insignificant if I have an opportunity to exercise what I have learned with my wife. The one on one option is something I was not able to find elsewhere and I called about 10 places given by google results... Andrew was exhausting himself making sure the course was as applicable as possible to my situation. The document are available on the internet but organized and presented in a fashion that permits constructive self improvement. I wish someone advised me to have taken these courses before. Looking at the other reviews I may need to disclose I went to the Milwaukee Avenue location just north of Irving Park but cannot believe the other locations are worse as I have met management and they are sincere and honestly wish to only improve the lives of people. Who ever wrote the negative reviews probably didn't take the anger management courses but should.The parenting class, unbelievable how many things I could have done better. It's our children, they deserve the best and 5 hours of my life is nothing compared to the positives these courses will have on their and my wife's life.
Celeste St. Germaine-Nawcewicz
Celeste St. Germaine-Nawcewicz
21:13 23 Apr 19
The therapy sessions were interactive and interesting. The 2 and 1/2 hours sessions flew by. My counselor Matthew was great. Easy to talk to. My first DUI. I felt the $850.00 was very affordable compared to others. I would recommend this place to others who’ve made the mistake of drinking and driving. I’m grateful no one was hurt and killed with my dui. I’ve learned plenty from this experience. I thank the people of this center. And getting pulled over and arrested. Lesson learned. Again highly recommended.
Bianca J
Bianca J
03:25 27 Sep 18
I worked with Anna J to do my updated evaluation and she prepared me so well that I went into my informal hearing ready! I was so ready I completed my hearing with ease and found out 2 months later that I got my license fully reinstated! Not an RDP, but my full license! I'm forever grateful to Anna and the Counseling Center of Illinois.
Kenith McIntosh
Kenith McIntosh
23:17 11 May 18
"Great counselors and administrative staff." I really felt comfortable and welcomed. They helped me to address a lot of underlined issues I had. If you have any questions or don't understand something just ask and they will be glad to sit with you and explain. Overall, this is the best treatment center I've attended.
Kuba Wojciechowski
Kuba Wojciechowski
23:48 12 Jan 18
I really like the people who work there and the classes.
Jack Jalowitz
Jack Jalowitz
20:12 23 May 17
Great place, very informative and friendly.
Donnell Harrison Sr.
Donnell Harrison Sr.
22:38 16 Mar 16
Nik C
Nik C
18:05 26 Nov 12
The most competitive and honest DUI services in the Chicago-land area. Come here for your DUI classes and you will not be disappointed! They do the best evaluations, they really care. They will get you your license back!
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