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No matter how large or how small your workforce, or what type of business you're in, employee substance abuse and dependence problems can severely elevate your risk for workforce instability and financial loss.

If your organization does not currently have a drug-free workplace policy, The Solutions Group EAP can help you develop and implement one that will protect your business and provide support for your employees. If you have an existing policy, we'd be happy to review it and offer recommendations for making it even more effective.


The Solutions Group currently has three certified Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) on staff. We encourage you to take advantage of their training, knowledge and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse-related disorders. Our counselors also have experience providing Department of Transportation-related SAP services to a broad range of both public and private-sector organizations in the transportation and other industries.

Deirdre Anderson, MS, LCSW, QSAP, EAP Clinical Counselor

Deirdre is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (QSAP) who specializes in short-term, solution-focused counseling that incorporates mindfulness, building life skills, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient psychiatry, leading stress management courses at a rehabilitation hospital, outreach to homeless and mentally ill veterans, managed care, and several employee assistance programs. Prior to joining The Solutions Group, she coordinated the Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Program at University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center. Deirdre earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of California Berkeley.

Mari Lyford, MSW, LCSW, RY-T, QSAP, EAP Clinical Counselor

Mari is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (QSAP), and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). As a QSAP, she conducts employee drug and alcohol assessments per Department of Transportation regulations and employer drug and alcohol policies. She is also trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), the Resilience Toolkit, and Brainspotting. In addition to serving as an EAP Clinical Counselor for The Solutions Group, she is currently in private practice. Prior to joining TSG, Mari worked as an exercise specialist in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of New Mexico and her master's degree in clinical social work from New Mexico Highlands University.

Rick Vinnay, LCSW, CEAP, Employee Assistance Program Director 

Rick has worked in the behavioral health field since 1996, spending most of his time in EAP management. In addition to his administrative duties at The Solutions Group, he provides consultation to supervisors, managers and Human Resources professionals, conducts organizational interventions, and leads workshops. Rick’s expertise includes working with a very diverse client population in a wide variety of settings with a multitude of presenting issues. His practical and empathic approach to problem solving allows him to serve clients in virtually any situation. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Rick is a certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a qualified professional counselor in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EDMR) Trauma Therapy, a qualified Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) provider, and a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. These skills, qualifications and talents, combined with his experience working in national and multinational organizations, make him an invaluable resource for employees. Rick earned his Masters in Social Work from University of Illinois Chicago Campus, where he attended the Jane Adams School of Social Work. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Mich.).

For more information about TSG's Drug-Free Workplace services, please contact us.

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