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An accurate testing program is the most objective and efficient way to establish a framework for accountability and to gauge each client’s progress.  Methods of testing may include the use of urine specimens or oral swabs.

Requirements

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Programs seeking approval for Alcohol and Drug testing services shall meet the following requirements:

Alcohol and Drug testing policies and procedures are based on established and tested guidelines.  Licensed contracted laboratories analyzing urine or other samples are also to be held to established standards.

Testing will be provided at the provider level and may be administrated randomly or at scheduled intervals.  Frequency of testing will vary depending on a participant’s progress.

The scope of testing is sufficiently broad to detect the participant’s primary drug of choice as well as other drugs of abuse, including alcohol.

The drug testing procedure must be certain.  Elements contributing to the reliability and validity of a testing process include, but are not limited to:

Direct observation of sample collection;

Verification temperature and measurement of creatinine levels in urine samples to determine the extent of water loading;

Specific, detailed, written procedures regarding all aspects of sample collection, sample analysis, and result reporting;

A documented chain of custody for each sample collected;

Quality control and quality assurance procedures for ensuring the integrity of the process, and;

Procedures for verifying accuracy when drug test results are contested.

A recovery support services program will provide for random Alcohol or Drug   testing as follows:

train provider staff to administer Alcohol and Drug testing utilizing elements contributing to the reliability and validity of such testing.

provide onsite Alcohol and Drug testing utilizing elements contributing to the reliability and validity of such testing.

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