Creating a Network. Bay Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force. Why was the Network Created?. To get to know Drug and Alcohol Program Staff in the Bay Area To meet and share program challenges and successes To review NPRMs and develop comments for submission to the FTA for consideration
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Bay Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force
To get to know Drug and Alcohol Program Staff in the Bay Area
To meet and share program challenges and successes
To review NPRMs and develop comments for submission to the FTA for consideration
To solve problems and share best practices
The Bay Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force was established in April 1997.
A list of Drug and Alcohol contacts for each organization was developed.
An agenda was developed along with a meeting notice and sent to each contact on the list.
LitaJamerson, AC Transit
W. Helen Jones, BART
William “Reggie” Smith, SFMTA
Nicholas Dominquez, SFMTA
Kathryn Mitchell, Golden Gate
Christopher Childress, SAM TRANS
Jacquelyn Adams, VTA
Vickie Moreno, VTA
FTA Final Rule clarifying the definition of “maintenance” for the purpose of determining safety-sensitive positions under FTA regulations
Testing of Non Safety-sensitive employees
MRO ruling on adulterated specimens
Drug and Alcohol Program Management Software, “HEIDI”
Part 40 Proposed Changes
Monitoring and Oversight of Contractors and Service Agents
Program Audits by State and Federal Oversight Agencies (FTA, CPUC, CHP)
Shy Lung and Shy Bladder Protocols
Terminations vs. Arbitration Decisions
Drug Free Workplace Act Requirements
Rx and OTC Policies and Procedures
DOT Interim Final Rule: Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form
Preparing RFPs for Service Agents
Drug and Alcohol MIS Reporting
FMCSA Rule re: Clearing House Proposal
Employee and Supervisor Training Programs
Drug and Alcohol Professional Development Opportunities
SFMUNI, BART and VTA shared their Request For Proposals for a Laboratory Service Agent.
Each organization distributed their RFP for proposals, received the responses, reviewed and selected a certified laboratory.
The three organizations, VTA, BART and SFMTA selected the same service agent and entered into a contract.
March 12, 2014 FMCSA announced a proposed rule to establish a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for all national commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. The clearinghouse would help improve roadway safety by making it easier to determine whether a truck or bus driver is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for failing to comply with federal drug and alcohol regulations including mandatory testing.
The Bay Area Drug and Alcohol Task Force generated a list of questions and submitted them to the FTA for a response. The questions were also submitted to the FMCSA.