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Division Policy 8.03

SUBJECT

Drug and Alcohol Policy

EFFECTIVE DATE

May 5, 2004

REVIEW DATE

January 18, 2013

EXPIRATION DATE

This policy will be reviewed and updated as needed.

PURPOSE

To provide guidance to rehabilitation staff in working with clients who may appear to have a chemical dependency.

POLICY

Periodically when working with a client who has been declared eligible for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, there may be direct evidence (e.g. pre-work drug screening) or other evidence (e.g. misses appointments, shows up with alcohol on breath, mood swings) that the client may have a chemical dependency.

Drug or alcohol testing would be reasonable to ensure that the individual is not or no longer is engaging in the use of illegal drugs or alcohol. Drug testing will be arranged by the DBS counselor and the number of drug/alcohol tests required will be at the discretion of the District Administrator. Written documentation of attendance at the drug treatment program must be provided by the treatment facility. DBS will pay for drug testing. All drug/alcohol screening must be documented in the client’s case file.

If a client tests positive, DBS will provide counseling assistance and discuss the need for a more comprehensive drug treatment program. The client’s plan may need to be revised to include a comprehensive drug treatment program. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are not drug treatment programs, but support groups.

If the client refuses to participate in drug testing and a drug treatment program, the client’s case must be closed.

Original signed by Joyce Hildreth, Director, October 14, 2009