Chemical Dependency Treatment Associates Inc. is often asked to conduct evaluations, including professional, legal and fitness-for-duty evaluations as to whether alcohol or chemical dependency has the potential to impact job performance or public safety. The evaluations are conducted within the guidelines established by the California Society of Addiction Medicine.
CDTA has considerable experience evaluating professionals, especially physicians, nurses and attorneys, as to whether their behavior is interfering with their job performance. Dr. Parr and Dr. Johnson have served on the California Medical Board’s Diversion Evaluation Committee since 1994. Dr. Johnson currently is the Chair of the Board of Registered Nursing Evaluation Committee.
Dr. Parr was appointed by State Senator John Burton to the California Bar Oversight Committee for the Lawyers Assistance Program. He then served on the Diversion Evaluation Committee of the LAP.
Legal evaluations usually include the involvement of an attorney. CDTA’s physicians are frequently called upon as expert witnesses to give their opinions about the behavior of a person who is facing disciplinary actions. Other times they are asked their views related to family law and/or custodial family issues. CDTA has done evaluations for family law attorneys regarding impairment of a parent. We have also served as experts regarding physicians’ and nurses’ licensures and fitness for duty.
Fitness for Duty Evaluations
A public safety agency can request or insist that a current employee undergo a fitness for duty evaluation if it believes the employee’s behavior is interfering with his or her ability to perform the job effectively and does not pose a threat to public safety.
At the conclusion of the process, we recommend whether or not the person is fit to return to work and whether he/she should continue to receive therapy, regardless of whether he/she has resumed working.