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About the Division of Workplace Programs (DWP)

SAMHSA's Division of Workplace Programs (DWP) oversees programs to eliminate illicit drug use in federal workplaces and helps all workplaces become drug-free.

Federal Workplaces

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):

  1. Oversight of federal drug-free workplace programs, which aim to eliminate illicit drug use in federal workplaces
  2. 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):

Non-federal Workplaces

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).

Last Updated: 07/19/2019