Sentinel offers comprehensive, full-service substance abuse testing programs to criminal justice agencies nationwide.
Our drug testing programs are designed to ensure participant accountability while remaining drug-free on the path to recovery. Our trained technicians conduct drug screenings at our local offices, removing the department’s burden of collecting urine samples from those individuals ordered to provide them by the Courts.
As part of the program, participants are required to call our toll free call-in system daily to see if they are required to report for testing. Unlike other systems that use color-coded groupings, our program individualizes the reporting schedule for each participant based on their agency assigned risk level. The program then selects a date within those parameters for the participant to report. Individuals classified as high risk are required to report more often than those individuals classified as a medium or low risk.
When a participant is required to report for testing, they come to our local office where they meet with Sentinel personnel and confirm their identity. Each drug screen is performed under full observation by trained, same-gender Sentinel personnel to ensure the validity of the results. Our urinalysis tests provide immediate, preliminary results. In addition, positive initial screens can be sent to a certified lab for GC-MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) confirmation. Our urinalysis tests can be comprised of five, six, or even twelve panels depending on the needs of the agency.
Sentinel’s drug testing program, along with our additional services like case management and fee collection, can be funded via one of three program models. The offender-funded model is at no cost to the agency and the participants are responsible for paying all testing fees.
When a department is working with a population where some of the participants are unable to pay, the agency subsidized program model is the solution. It reduces the agency’s financial obligations, only paying for those who are deemed indigent or unable to pay by the Court or agency. Agencies also have the option to fund the programs themselves, leaving the payment and collections process at their full discretion.