SAMHSA's Division of Workplace Programs (DWP) oversees programs to eliminate illicit drug use in federal workplaces and helps all workplaces become drug-free.
DWP performs regulatory, knowledge development, and technical assistance roles for federal and federally regulated workplaces in relation to their drug-free workplace policies and programs.
DWP is also responsible for two activities mandated by Executive Order 12564 and Title V, Section 503 of Public Law 100-71 (PDF | 31 KB, DOC | 60 KB):
- Oversight of federal drug-free workplace programs, which aim to eliminate illicit drug use in federal workplaces
- Oversight of the National Laboratory Certification Program, which certifies laboratories to conduct forensic drug testing for federal agencies and federally regulated industries
What are Federal Drug-free Workplace Programs?
Federal drug-free workplace programs are comprehensive programs to address illicit drug use by federal employees. SAMHSA's Federal Drug-free Workplace Program certifies executive branch agencies' Drug-Free Workplace Plans and identifies safety-sensitive positions subject to random drug testing.
Examples of specific federal drug-free workplace programs include those at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCRC), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Defense (DOD):
- Fitness-for-Duty Programs at NRC
- Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance at DOT
- Drug Demand Reduction Program at DOD
DWP is responsible for non-regulatory development, implementation, and sharing information about how to introduce, manage, and evaluate evidence-based drug-free programs for all workplaces.
DWP provides a variety of resources and techniques for addressing substance misuse in workplaces. The Drug-Free Workplace Toolkit provides information to help employers develop and sustain successful drug-free workplace programs. These programs often combine drug-free workplace with health and wellness practices that are evidence-based, including programs selected from SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).