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There’s No Substitute for Experience

In 1989, Health Services & Benefits Administration (HS&BA) created a specialized arm to conduct on-site, pre-employment drug tests for companies including Tri Valley Growers, Del Monte USA and S&W Food and Wine Company. With the emergence of stringent DOT Regulations on drug testing in 1995 and 1996, HS&BA immediately expanded its group’s scope of services to create a leading third party administrator for DOT testing programs—Preferred Alliance.

30+ Years in Third Party Administration. Our core competencies as a third party administrator (TPA) trace back to 1972 with Health Services Foundation’s (HSF) health-screening program for workers in California’s Central Valley. Along with HS&BA’s pre-DOT start on drug testing in 1989, PA has racked up almost 40 years as a TPA. To date, we’ve administered more than one million tests for more than 4,500 clients.

DOT Regulatory Expertise. The regulations in the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act cover roughly 10 million workers in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines and other transportation industries. The Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) enforces those regulations, along with 49 CFR Part 40, the “bible of drug testing.”

Our experience and insight into the legislation and ODAPC will help you stay in compliance. We help you understand and follow drug and alcohol testing rules, as well as help you incorporate them into your own program.

California Regulatory Expertise. Navigating California’s regulatory environment can be tricky. The state’s vehicle code contains Federal drug and alcohol testing regulations, so an inspection by a state motor carrier specialist is more likely to happen than a DOT audit. We receive daily requests from compliance officers for reports such as random drug testing pools and know what to expect. Our California experience can be helpful when dealing with nationwide programs or states with strict regulatory environments.

Additionally, Preferred Alliance currently is TPA for 25 projects in the San Francisco PUC Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), providing more than 5,000 onsite “quick” tests, and has worked with California labor unions for more than 35 years. We also administer drug and alcohol testing programs for a host of counties, school districts and transit organizations in the state.

Integrity & Process Principles. Drug testing is a sensitive issue. Preferred Alliance treats every test as a private, confidential procedure. Maintaining privacy is a Preferred core principle, tracing back to our roots administrating medical matters from claims processing to blood tests.

A Total Compliance System, Competitively Priced. With PA’s one-stop shop of turnkey services, you get the convenience, competence and reliability needed to ensure regulatory compliance and reduce business risk. Our alliance represents drug testing’s best of the best:

  • Medical review officers (MROs), labs and onsite collectors
  • Access to a nationwide collection site network
  • Advanced technology for detailed reporting and database management
  • Savings from preferred pricing negotiated with our vendors
  • Competitive pricing, no hidden fees

International Capabilities

If your business operates outside of the U.S., Preferred Alliance can help. Staying current in research, technology and regulatory matters has led us to develop alliances and operational systems that transfer directly to the drug testing requirements of companies overseas.



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