9th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is hosting the 9th Annual Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference on April 15-17, 2014.

Statehouse Convention Center
Wally Allen Ballroom, 2nd floor
1 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201

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This FREE three-day Conference will provide attendees with a substantial background on 49 CFR Part 40 (Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs) and 49 CFR Part 655 (Prevention of Alcohol Misuse and Prohibited Drug Use in Transit Operators). The Conference will prove invaluable for those both new and old to the transit industry with sessions tailored to both groups.

Speakers and Industry Experts

  • FTA
  • Office of the Secretary's Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC)
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Auditors
  • FTA/Volpe Drug and Alcohol Program Staff
  • Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Medical Review Officer (MRO)
  • Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)


  • Policy Review (please bring policy for review)
  • Alcohol Saliva Test Demonstrations
  • Examples of Various Adulterants (substitutions and ways to beat a test)
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol FREE Publications

Networking Opportunities!

  • Community Board
  • New Course on Networking

Tuesday, April 15, Pre-conference Sessions (some sessions require pre-registration):

  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm - On-site Conference check-in (conference materials, nametags, etc.) available
  • 9:00 am - 4:30 pm - Beginner Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) Training*
  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Reasonable Suspicion Training sessions*
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Post-Accident Thresholds and Scenarios
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - How to Run a Second Chance Program
* Pre-registration required for Beginner Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) Training and Reasonable Suspicion Training sessions.

Wednesday, April 16:

  • 7:00 am - 8:00 am - On-site Conference check-in available
  • 8:00 am - 8:45 am - Opening Remarks and Welcome
  • 9:00 am - General Sessions Begin
  • 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm - Peer Social (Statehouse Convention Center)

Thursday, April 17:

  • 9:00 am - General Sessions Begin
New Sessions
  • Today's Designer Drugs - Synthetic Cannabinoids ("K2"/ "Spice") and Synthetic Stimulants ("Bath Salts")
  • Surviving Legal Challenges to Breath Test Results
  • FTA Drug and Alcohol Management Information System (DAMIS) Annual Reporting: Getting it Correct the First Time!
  • How to Run a Second Chance Program
  • Prescription and Over-the-Counter Toolkit: How to Implement and Enforce a Program
  • Drug/Alcohol Testing Program: A Testing Site Perspective
  • Innovative Ways to Perform Exemplary Contractor Oversight
  • Creating a Network: Experiences from Those Who Have Succeeded
  • Life Savers: Program Aids and Training Tools
  • Tips, Innovations and Best Practices for DAPMs
  • More to Come!

View the full agenda

Peer Social

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
The Statehouse Convention Center - site of the Conference

~Light refreshments~

Hotel Information

The following hotels have provided discounted rates for conference attendees. In order to receive the discounted rate, please identify yourself as an attendee of the FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference or visit the designated hotel reservation links below. Rooms are reserved for April 14, 2014 - April 17, 2014. The special room rate is available until March 14th or until the group blocks are sold-out, whichever comes first.

Host Hotel:
Little Rock Marriott
(Connected to the Statehouse Convention Center)
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 906-4000

Note: The host hotel is sold-out. Please book your room with the overflow hotel.

Overflow Hotel:
Doubletree Hotel Little Rock
(0.2 miles from the Statehouse Convention Center)
424 West Markham
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 372-4371

Room Rate:
$87 plus applicable taxes for single or double occupancy

To make your room reservation, please follow the steps below:


By Phone:

     Call (501) 372-4371 or 1-800-222-TREE.

Be sure to clearly identify the event name "FTA Drug and Alcohol Program Conference" group when making your reservations.

For additional information, please visit the hotel website at: http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arkansas/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-little-rock-LITMBDT/index.html.

Convention Center Parking

A 650-space parking deck is located only one block south of the convention center at Main St & W 2nd Street. The reduced parking fee for conference attendees is $5.00 per day or a per exit charge. Validation of ticket will be available at the conference registration desk.

For directions, please visit: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=2nd+and+main+little+rock&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=60.54737,89.296875&hnear=Main+St+%26+W+2nd+St,+Little+Rock,+Pulaski,+Arkansas&t=m&z=17&iwloc=A.


How far is the Clinton National Airport from downtown Little Rock?
Approximately six miles or 12-15 minutes.

What transportation is available from the airport?

What is the cost of taxi service?
Taxi cost is approximately $15.00 one way from airport.

For additional Little Rock information:

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Statehouse Convention Center
Wally Allen Ballroom, 2nd Floor
1 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the FTA Drug and Alcohol Project Office at (617) 494-6336 or email us at FTA.DAMIS@dot.gov.
Little Rock - 9th Annual Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  Drug and Alcohol National Conference - April 15-17, 2014