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SAPAA Partner Institute - Little Rock, AR

The SAPAA Training Institute is responsible for creating and maintaining our robust catalog of both live and web-based trainings. The Partner Institute is a unique in-person regional seminar that offers advanced training delivered by experts in the industry and paired with a relevant corporate sponsor. Full details are available below.

When: 7:30 AM
Where: Arkansas Municipal League
301 W. 2nd St.
North Little Rock, Arkansas  72114
United States
Contact: Anne Kelly, CAE, CMP

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***Please note:  To allow for appropriate food and beverage planning, pre-registration is required for this event.***
You may register online here or by completing the PDF registration form.

SAPAA is thrilled to partner with corporate sponsors to bring you a unique regional event.  Additional sponsorships are available.  Contact SAPAA at or 1-800-672-7229 for details.




Thanks to our generous sponsor, you can now join us for our morning General Sessions for just $20.00, including a continental breakfast and boxed lunch.  In the afternoon, choose from one of our optional add-on Training Institute Courses for a reduced rate of $95.00—that's a HUGE savings from when these courses are offered at our Annual Conference!  

CEU approval is pending!

 7:30–8:00 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast (Sponsored by SAPAA)

 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

General Session Topics

  • DOT Regulatory Update on Significant Changes

The drug testing industry is evolving, and many employers have used DOT standards as their model for non-federally mandated employee testing. In 1991, Congress passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act (OTETA) which, in part, required the Department and DOT agencies to look to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the scientific and technical guidelines regarding the drugs for which we test and specimens we collect. HHS rules have recently changed affecting DOT; and this session will review how it will affect you.

  • Recap of the Top 10 OSHA Citations in 2017 (And How to Avoid Them)

Recently, OSHA released their list of top 10 citations in 2017. Understand how to ensure you avoid these violations and identify if any are present in your workplace.

  • The Dreaded DOT Safety Concern Letter:  Five Steps for Making a Legally Defensible Fitness for Duty Determination

DOT's new drug and alcohol testing regulations, which became effective January 1, 2018, included expanded opioid testing and a revised significant safety concern procedure under 49 CFR part 40.135. Dealing with the significant safety concern letter issued by the MRO to the DER is leaving MROs, TPAs, employers, and medical examiners confused and concerned.

  • Standing Firm: Workplace Solutions for Marijuana and Opiate Use and Abuse

With the expansion of the number of medical and recreational marijuana states, businesses need basic employment law and MRO counsel on how to stand firm. Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana use and eight states now allow for recreational use. This training will be a fast-paced walk through of the seven steps employers should take to stand firm and protect their workplaces from the adverse effects of marijuana use by employees.


  • Tommy Eden, Esq., Partner • Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
  • Jeff Sims, CSAPA, President • a’TEST Consultants, Inc.
12:00–12:45 p.m.

Boxed Lunch

These courses will be held concurrently.  A break will be held midway through the course.
 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Drug & Alcohol Industry Overview
Jeff Sims, CSAPA, President • a’TEST Consultants, Inc.

This course covers topics related to both regulated and non-regulated drug and alcohol testing. Discussion topics will include the history of workplace testing, specimen collection, laboratory procedures, the role of the Medical Review Officer and Substance Abuse Professional, alcohol testing, emerging technologies, and DOT modal differences.

 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion Training Course
Dennis Kerns, BT, MT (ASCP), CSAPA, Senior Consultant • Current Consulting Group, LLC
President/CEO • GDK Global Consulting, LLC

You will leave with a basic understanding of the effects of drug and alcohol use, how to recognize signs and symptoms, the health and safety risks they present, and why reasonable suspicion testing is an important component of any safety program. You will learn how to effectively assess, approach, and document reasonable suspicion situations. This training will include all the materials you need to perform reasonable suspicion assessments. This class meets the DOT requirements for supervisor training.

 1:00–3:30 p.m.

Dealing with Problem Collections—DER and Collector Perspectives
Linda Richardson, CSAPA, C-SI, Owner • Compliance Review
Mary E. Hines, Owner • SimplePath

Collection events can be riddled with problems. This could be the result of inadequate collector training, or simply that the DER does not know how to handle difficult situations between the collector and donor.  This course is a must for DER's and collectors!  Come prepared to share situations you have encountered and how you dealt with them. This will be an informative session so plan to participate in some interesting discussions!

 1:00–3:30 p.m.

FMCSA Clearinghouse Regulations: Five Ways They Impact Your Fleet Now
Tommy Eden, Esq., Partner • Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP 

In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued its long-awaited Final Rule, effective January 6, 2017, establishing a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for holders of commercial driver’s licenses. Transportation employers will be required to search the Clearinghouse to determine whether current or prospective employees have “unresolved violations of the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations that prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle.” Transportation employers and their medical review officers will also be required to report to the Clearinghouse any violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations by their current or prospective employees. Clearinghouse regulation affects every transportation employer, holder of a commercial driver’s license, and “service agent” (for example, C/TPAs, MROs, collectors, SAPs, labs). Although the database will not go live until January 2020, this course will cover the five things DOT employers need to know now.

Hotel Accomodations

Wyndham Riverfront Little Rock
2 Riverfront Pl.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Reservations: (501) 907-4823

A room rate of $89/night is available for attendees until 4/2/18.   When calling to reserve, let them know you’d like the SAPAA Partner Institute rate.

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