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EAP Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Substance Abuse Experts (SAE) Qualifications

Magellan has developed a substance abuse expert (SAE) network of providers eligible to provide services to employee assistance program (EAP) customers regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

If you are interested in applying to join this Magellan SAE network, are a Magellan provider (or are eligible to become a Magellan provider), and meet the required qualifications below, please contact Kent Cook at (678) 319-3799.

What is an SAE who is eligible to treat NRC members through their EAP?

The NRC regulations - CFR 26 part 187 - define a SAE as a person who evaluates members who are subject to NRC regulations and have violated NRC drug and alcohol regulations. A SAE makes recommendations concerning the NRC employee’s education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

What credentials do I need to be a SAE who is eligible to treat NRC members through their EAP?

To meet NRC criteria, a practitioner must be one of the following:

  • A licensed physician (MD or DO)
  • A licensed or certified psychologist
  • A licensed or certified social worker
  • A licensed or certified marriage and family therapist
  • A certified employee assistance professional (CEAP)
  • An alcohol and drug abuse counselor certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Certification Commission (NCC AP)
  • An alcohol and drug abuse counselor certified by the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse (ICRC).

Please note that a practitioner who meets only state certification requirements may not meet NRC’s criteria.

What knowledge must I have to become a SAE who is eligible to treat NRC members through their EAP?

To be a SAE who is eligible to treat NRC members through their EAP, you must be knowledgeable about:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and controlled substance related abuse disorders
  • Clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and controlled substance related abuse disorders
  • The SAE area function as it relates to the public’s interests in the duties performed
  • 26 CFR Part 187, the NRC agency regulations applicable to NRC-regulated employers for whom you evaluate employees, and the NRC SAE Guidelines. You also must keep current on any changes to these materials.

What training must I have to be a SAE who is eligible to treat NRC members through their EAP?

You must complete the mandatory qualification training to be a SAE who is eligible to treat NRC members through their EAP. The qualification training includes the nine required components set forth in Section 281 c of 26 CFR Part 128. You must complete the training prior to providing services to a NRC member through their EAP.

Is an examination required after the mandatory qualification training?

Yes. Following completion of the Basic Knowledge and Qualification Training requirements, qualified SAEs also must satisfactorily complete an exam administered by a nationally recognized professional or training organization. The exam must include all the elements required for the qualification training.

Is continuing education required?

Yes. During each three-year period, from the date of satisfactorily completing the required exam, qualified SAEs must complete continuing education consisting of at least 12 professional development hours relevant to SAE functions.

Where can I find more information about the NRC guidelines for SAEs?

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission SAE guidelines are available online.

Where is the qualification training and examination offered?

Organizations offering qualification training and examination options are as follows:

Program Services Continuing Education
State of the art continuing education programs for psychology, mental health, marriage & family, social work, employee assistance, addiction, behavioral health, nursing, US DOT substance abuse professionals & US NRC substance abuse experts.
www.programservices.org
305-401-4361
Training and exam

American Substance Abuse Professionals Inc
Offer professional development courses and qualification courses to DOT substance abuse professionals and NRC substance abuse experts.
www.go2asap.com
888-792-2727
Training and exam