EAP coordinator explains ASAP Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 October 2017
By Jeffrey Cohen
Special to GUIDON

A year ago major changes occurred in the areas of health and safety at Fort Leonard Wood, and across the Army.  

What had for decades been known as ASAP, the Army Substance Abuse Program, was reorganized.  

ASAP had been under the management of the Directorate of Human Resources. However, and in keeping with professional recommendations, the Army decided to break up ASAP into three distinct agencies, listed as follows:

Substance Use Disorder Clinical Counseling is analogous to the clinical counseling activity previously known as ASAP. This activity is now organized under MEDCOM through the Behavioral Health Department. Service members and adult dependents can go to the BHD at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and request services, or call 573.596.0131, ext. 61507.

Concurrent with the reorganization of the clinical counseling, the other two health and safety components were also reorganized. These are the prevention section of ASAP and the drug testing section.   

Prevention is now under Army Community Service, but maintains the name ASAP.

Prevention is responsible for the training of unit prevention leaders, risk assessments for units and providing annually-required training for all military units. It also assists with the Installation Prevention Plan and conducts prevention campaigns throughout the year.

Finally, the Drug Testing Program was also reorganized under ACS/ASAP. Drug testing for illicit drug use among military and civilian workforce members is a required part of the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act. Its purpose is to assure accomplishment of mission and securing a safe work environment.  

While the prevention coordinators offices are now located at ACS, the Drug Testing Program is still located at Building 493, next to the thrift shop.  

Drug testing is done professionally and securely. They, for example, assure that the chain of custody, which requires that specimens are signed and sealed at all stages of processing, is observed.

For more information, or for Army Civilians interested in getting help for drug or alcohol issues, contact your Employee Assistance Program coordinator at 573.596.7199.

(Editor’s note: Cohen is the EAP coordinator.)

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 October 2017 )