Diana is a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (C-SAPA) whose experience in the field of substance abuse management offers a unique perspective from all avenues of DOT regulated workplace drug and alcohol testing.
Since 2003, Diana has been the project manager for the Florida Department of Transportation’s Substance Abuse Management Oversight and Technical Assistance program administered by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Diana monitors transit agency compliance to FTA and USDOT drug and alcohol testing regulations and has developed program implementation aids and training tools for the agencies she serves. Her video, Clean, Sober and Safe gained national attention when highlighted in the Fall 2007 FTA Regulation Updates Newsletter. Ms. Byrnes authored the Florida DOT State Model Substance Abuse Policy and maintains a Substance Abuse Management Resource Website for the state of Florida.
In 2008, Diana achieved the esteemed designation of Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (C-SAPA); which illustrates her ability to develop, implement and administer transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs in accordance with federal regulations and within the accepted standards for testing, training, medical review, confidentiality and business ethics.
Ms. Byrnes is also a USDOT Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) Lead Instructor. TSI develops and delivers transportation related training programs nationwide using a team of recognized transit professionals and subject matter experts. Diana conducts the TSI Substance Abuse Management and Program Compliance course as well as the Reasonable Suspicion Determination for Supervisors course, on behalf of TSI.
Ms. Byrnes has presented on the topic of substance abuse management at various national and regional conferences sponsored by leading transportation industry groups including the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); the Transportation Research Board (TRB); the National Transit Institute (NTI) and the Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA).
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