A Letter from the President

Greetings DATIA members,  

Whew - the first quarter of the year flew by fast! If you’re like me, it feels as if 2021 is just “2020: Part II” so far, with each day seeming to have more tasks to be done than there are hours to do them. That said, as you’ve heard me say loud and often, I continue to be amazed at how our association always rises to the challenge. 

There are so many exciting things happening with DATIA. We are improving members’ experience, developing new ways for members to connect and expanding our advocacy efforts. 

One way we are improving the member experience is by launching a new website and database. The new systems are highly automated and user friendly allowing us to better serve you. 

We are thrilled to connect with members in person again at DATIA’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C., August 25-28. In person education courses that were previously unavailable due to COVID-19 will be back at the Annual Conference. This includes the highly in-demand Certified Professional Collector Trainer Course. Register today for the conference and in person courses today at https://www.datia2021annualmeeting.org. 

On the government affairs front, DATIA has partnered with the acclaimed Vogel Group to advocate on issues related to drug and alcohol testing. We are currently renewing and developing relationships with DOT and also several key congressional representatives. As the “voice” of the Drug & Alcohol industry, we are the experts that officials go to when creating policies related to drug and alcohol testing. Please continue to watch your inbox for our bi-weekly Washington Report for the latest news regarding our evolving advocacy efforts. 

Another way members are connecting is through DATIA’s virtual Member Forums. Our first Member Forum took place March 30th. Click here to listen: https://vimeo.com/531876672/cb1cab0aed Members were able to connect with the Board, get updates and ask questions. Another goal of the Member Forums is to get input from you as members. After all, this is YOUR DATIA. You are our priority. More Member Forums are to come, so please watch your inbox and check the website. We will be sending out the dates of future Member Forums shortly. We encourage you to attend and engage as we move DATIA forward. 

Be a part of this movement! If you have not renewed your membership yet, please click here.

A big thank you to all of you and your teams for all of the hard work and dedication you show every day to provide the highest level of service to the drug testing community. 

Let’s keep the momentum going! 

Anthony Washington 

DATIA President