Presentation on theme: "11th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program Conference Sacramento, CA March 22-24, 2016 Peer Network – YOU Can Benefit Too! Presented by: Christine DiRito."— Presentation transcript:
11th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program Conference Sacramento, CA March 22-24, 2016 Peer Network – YOU Can Benefit Too! Presented by: Christine DiRito – DAPM, Intercity Transit Olympia, WA Lori Jones – DAPM, King County Seattle, WA
Who are we? How we started? When/Where do we meet? Why we network? What is the benefit? DAPM Experiences. How do YOU get involved with or start a network? Peer Network
Christine DiRito – DAPM, Intercity Transit, Olympia, WA Lori Jones – DAPM, King County, Seattle, WA Who We Are?
Met in 1996 Started discussing D/A issues 1997 Pierce Transit DAPM joined discussions Recognized need / desire to share info How We Started?
Realized benefit of network Reached out to systems in state DAPM network was formed How We Started?
Issue: WA ST 2003 legislative activity – reporting DOT positives to WA DOL transit not included (oversight) Group provided feedback for new legislation New bills introduced – signed into law 2005 DOL reporting requirement - included transit Transit specific exemption language if retained Delay in reporting – post grievance process Initial Issues Identified
Issue: Requirement to drug test Crane Operators Vague requirement – single sentence Transit not included (oversight) No guidelines Group provided input Initial Issues Identified
WASHINGTON Ben Franklin Transit - Richland Clallam Transit – Port Angeles Columbia County Public Transit - Dayton Community Transit – Everett C-Tran – Vancouver Everett Transit – Everett Grays Harbor Transit - Hoquiam Intercity Transit – Olympia Island Transit – Whidbey & Camano Islands Jefferson Transit – Port Townsend King County Metro - Seattle Kitsap Transit – Bremerton Link Transit – Wenatchee Mason Transit – Shelton Pierce Transit – Tacoma WASHINGTON – cont. River Cities Transit - Longview City of Seattle Skagit Transit – Mt. Vernon Spokane Transit – Spokane Sound Transit - Seattle Twin Transit - Centralia Washington State DOT Whatcom Transportation Authority – Bellingham Yakima Transit – Yakima OREGON Tri-met – Portland, OR Lane Transit – Eugene, OR Our DAPM Network Today
Central location – Seattle area Regularly scheduled one day meetings Group Emails with issues / questions Phone calls for urgent time sensitive issues Attend local, regional and national conferences and trainings When/Where Do We Meet?
We realized the following: Need for a DAPM state-wide group All transit systems would benefit from group Want to interact with other state associations WSTA (WA ST Transit Association), WSTIP (WA ST Transit Insurance Pool) & WSTTC (WA ST Transportation Training Coalition) Why We Network?
We realized the following: Need to interact with others who have the same federal requirements for their job duties. Multiple modes – similar issues. The best place for us to share and receive info related to our job duties. Why We Network?
Multiple Modes – Multiple Issues FTA Bus Shuttle DART Access Light Rail USCG Water Taxi FMCSA CDL Holders DOT medical issues
FTA, FMCSA & USCG Final Rules Audits – FTA Audit, Triennial, State Oversight, Collection Sites National Conferences/TSI trainings/FTA 1 day Issues - DOT
Post Accident Testing Triggers – Documentation Random Testing – All Days, All Hours MIS Reporting issues / Concerns Issues - DOT
Training Needs, Materials, Videos, Websites WSTTC Train the Trainer Showcase Rx/OTC Issues / Policies D&A Testing Issues RS & PA Scenarios & Discussion Designer Drugs Issues - Policy & Training
WA State - Medical Marijuana Law WA State – I-502 Recreational Marijuana law Drug Testing Non SS Employees and Public Employers Issues – WA State
Monitoring Contractors & Service Agents MRO/DOL Reporting Issues RFPs, Service Agent Contracts Forms – Test Type, Checklists, 2/3yr. BG Check Unusual Issues/Scenarios/Trends @ Various Properties Arbitrations / Grievances Issues - Local
DUI Off The Job – Valid CDL Until Court Employee Self-Identifying drug/alcohol issue Second Chance Policy Agreements Release of records – media and more Issues - Employee
Primary focus is Drug/Alcohol issues Participants all do same body of work / job duties Place to discuss situations that come up with other people who really understand the full scope and implications What is the Benefit?
“I've learned things from other DAPM’s, thought about things in a different way, that saved me time & trouble later in my own organization” “I’ll deal with a complicated situation and think, "I'm taking this to the group!" What is the Benefit?
The DER/DAPM is quite often a one or two-person show in the agency The organization's first priority is moving people from point A to point B, safely and on time. The organization’s primary focus is NOT drug & alcohol testing. The drug & alcohol regulations are just one more thing in a very long list of items the agency must comply with. DAPM Experiences
I’m usually surrounded by people who have very little knowledge of what I do, or the knowledge base required to do it well, and how time consuming it can be to deal with the constant issues that are part of my DAPM job. DAPM Experiences
“I was shown how a well-run employee drug & alcohol program should look.” “I didn’t have experience on how to make a good D&A program work in the real world”. “The DAPM group has shown me how.” DAPM EXPERIENCES
The corporate world has come to realize the value of "best practices" in various settings. “The DAPM group is the best place for me to get that same best practices benefit in my arena.” “I’m better prepared for D&A Compliance Audits, and have fewer audit findings.” DAPM Experiences
“I have resources to go to for advice, direction, etc. when I have urgent issues that need to be dealt with ASAP.” “Networking and meeting with this group allows me to build on my skills and knowledge of the D&A Program. I can’t get this from other HR Networking Groups.” DAPM Experiences
Contact Larger Systems In Your State Join An Existing Group Start Your Own Group Share Resources Conference Call, Meet in Person Communicate How do YOU get involved or start a network?,
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller Don’t go it alone Join A Network!