San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

Monthly Meeting (Hybrid)

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To Promote Employee Assistance Programs as an effective means of enhancing the well-being and productivity of employees in the workplace, and to facilitate the professional identification of Chapter members and the development of quality Employee Assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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February 13, 2024

Tamara Cagney, Ed.D, MA, BSN, MFT, LPCC, CEAP


What's New and What's Next: Drug Testing in California


An overview of new legislation AB2188

Update on changing DOT testing options

Presentation Schedule:

11:30am-12:00pm - Group Introductions


Overview of topics


California AB2188 - Employment protections for off duty use of cannabis in California


DOT Updates - Random rates

State Licensing Agency role


Employer options for using oral fluids


Questions and discussion


  • CA AB 2188
  • Employment protections
  • Testing limitation

  • Topic B
  • State DMV role in cleaning house starting in 2024
  • Employer option to introduce oral fluid DOT drug testing


  1. By the end of the presentation participants will be able to describe the new employment protections for off duty use of medical and recreational cannabis in CA
  2. By the end of the presentation participants will be able to list the pluses and minuses of different drug testing technologies
  3. By the end of the presentation participants will be able to describe the new employer options for DOT drug testing


  1. Participants will be able to list 2 compliant testing technologies for non-safety sensitive employees in CA
  2. Participants will be able to list 2 positives for urine testing and 2 positives for oral fluid testing


Dr Cagney is the executive director of TC Training and Consulting. The focus of her current consultation and training centers around the US Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Regulations and the workplace impact of rapidly changing cannabis legalization.

She has provided Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services since 1981 in both the public and private sectors, in unionized and non-unionized settings. She served as a Distinguished Member of the Laboratory Staff in the role of an embedded employee assistance professional at Sandia National Laboratories, a DOE research laboratory for 20 years. She provides ongoing clinical consultation to Member Assistance and EA programs and employers including the Northern California Teamsters’ Assistance Program .

Dr. Tamara Cagney attended the University of South Carolina and received a BS in Nursing. Following graduation, she served in the US Army Nurse Corp specializing as a Psychiatric Nurse Clinician. She later received her Masters Degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco. During her masters studies she worked with the Veterans Administration specializing in the treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Cagney also earned her Doctorate Degree in counseling psychology. She is a licensed marriage family therapist, a licensed professional clinical counselor, a certified coach and a certified employee assistance professional.

Tamara is the Past President of the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association. She conducts national training for DOT Substance Abuse Professionals throughout the country. Her writing has appeared in professional publications and periodicals on managed behavioral healthcare, organizational development and employee assistance. 


Department of Transportation Regulations and Guidance

Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) SAP Guidelines June


Code of Federal Regulations 49 Part 40 Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs 2023

Code of Federal Regulations 49 PART 382— FMCSA CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES


The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs and/or LEPs. The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. The Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  

The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA can be reached via our website: or by writing us at PO Box 5370 Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Contact us for any needed accommodations or to address any grievances. Our CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Number is 57003.

CEU Requirements:

  1. Participants will join the course on time and will remain for the entire presentation. Participants will come prepared to learn and participate openly in discussion
  2. Participants will be required to submit the course evaluation form before being sent a CEU certificate. Any participant with disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests at as soon as possible.
  3. Registration is required - If you register and cannot attend, please notify EAPA's administration team at
  4. CE Unit will only be given for instructional time

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Location (if you'd like to join us in-person):

Operator Engineers Local Union 3

3000 Clayton Road

Concord, CA 94519

(refreshments will be provided)

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