About the RTL Program

In September 2021, SOFT was awarded the Regional Toxicology Liaison (RTL) Demonstration Project grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This cooperative agreement aims to benefit state toxicology programs through increased support, communications, resources, criminal justice system coordination; decreased processing time of toxicology samples; and better data reporting. The project will support the establishment of Toxicology Liaisons that support states in NHTSA regions 5, 7, and 9 (https://www.nhtsa.gov/about-nhtsa ), to assist with training, collaboration, and the standardization of testing across state labs and the reporting of data to better understand the scope of the drug-impaired driving problem. The RTL Program is overseen by Project Manager, Amy Miles and currently has three Liaisons; Sabra Jones - Region 5, Chris Heartsill - Region 7, and Kristen Burke - Region 9.


NHTSA Region Map

View the the map and learn more HERE


 
Regional Toxicology Liaisons Activity Reports
2024 2023 2022
Quarter 1 - Report pending Quarter 1 Quarter 1
Quarter 2 - Report pending Quarter 2 Quarter 2
Quarter 3 - Report pending No Report Quarter 3
Quarter 4 - Report pending Quarter 4 Quarter 4
Annual Report - Report pending Annual Report Annual Report
    External Report

 


 2023 RTL Testimony Training

Training Date

Training Location

# of Attendees

# of Labs Present

States in Attendance

June 16, 2023

Akeny, IA

13 toxicologists, 2 DREs

2

Iowa and Nebraska

June 28, 2023

Columbus, OH

34 toxicologists

11

Ohio

July 19-20, 2023

Los Angeles, CA

75 toxicologists

24

California, Arizona, Nevada, Canad

July 27, 2023

Jefferson City, MO

26 toxicologists

4

Missouri, Illinois

September 7, 2023

Topeka, KS

16 toxicologists

4

Kansas

September 18, 2023

Little Rock, AR

9 toxicologists

2

Arkansas

September 26, 2023

Waukegan, IL

17 toxicologists

4

Illinois, Wisconsin

November 15, 2023

Madison, WI

44 toxicologists

5

Wisconsin

 


 

Contact the Regional Toxicology Liaisons