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List of State-Certified Syringe Services Programs & Applications Open for Public Comment

The California Syringe Exchange Certification Program allows qualified organizations to apply directly to CDPH/Office of AIDS (CDPH/OA) for authorization to provide syringe services. This option allows providers to seek either local authorization from their city council or county board of supervisors, or state authorization through CDPH/Office of AIDS. California law also allows physicians and pharmacists to furnish or sell syringes to adults age 18 and older for disease prevention purposes.

Most syringe services programs (SSPs) in California have been locally authorized. The California Directory of SSPs lists all authorized SSPs in the state.

OA offers technical assistance for programs interested in pursuing state certification. For details, contact CDPH/Office of AIDS at 916-449-5900 or SSPinfo@cdph.ca.gov.

Home Delivery and Pick-Up - Due to on-going concerns regarding the risks of COVID-19, CDPH encourages all SSPs who can, to add home delivery to their services. Those who are authorized by CDPH may ask to administratively amend their authorization to add a home delivery option. The addition of home delivery will allow for greater social distancing and less non-essential travel by program participants while allowing the programs to continue as an essential service, as recommended by CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Link to CDC Guidance.) Home delivery and pick up includes services available to individuals in private residences as well as tents, recreational vehicles, and other non-traditional forms of housing occupied by program participants. 

Applications Open for Public Comment and Pending Applications

CDPH/OA welcomes comments on all proposed applications. Once an organization files an application via online or mail, CDPH/OA will deem the application provisionally appropriate or notify the applicant of the reason for rejection within 30 business days. If an application is deemed provisionally appropriate by CDPH/OA, a 45-day public comment period is required prior to State certification.

Please note that all public comments submitted to CDPH may be subject to release under the California Public Records Act. Submission of comments is voluntary and it is optional for submitters to include their name and contact information.

For more information see:

Fact Sheet - Syringe Exchange Certification Program (PDF)

Operating Requirements for CDPH-Certified SSPs (PDF)

​Due to the current public health threat posed by COVID-19, decisions on SSP applications are currently taking longer than usual. CDPH is focused on prevention and response at this time, which must take priority.

Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services - Kern Syringe Disposal & Services Program 

Kern County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has submitted an application to the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS (CDPH/OA) for authorization of a syringe access and disposal program named the Kern Syringe Disposal & Services Program.

In addition to the provision of sterile syringes, supplies and disposal of used syringes, the Kern Syringe Disposal & Services Program will include wraparound services such as overdose prevention and training, naloxone distribution, information on safe injection practices, education on STD prevention, as well as referrals for safer sex education, housing services, HIV/hepatitis C virus testing and counseling, and medication assisted treatment services. The program will have on-site mental health and substance use disorder screenings available and treatment information. 

The Kern Syringe Disposal & Services Program will operate from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays every week. The site will rotate every other week between the Taft (zip code 93268) and Kern River Valley (93238, 93240) areas within the county of Kern. Participants will be notified of the service schedule. Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services also operates a Homeless Outreach Team that will utilize the Kern Syringe Disposal & Services Program model when implementing services within the entirety of Kern County.

As required under California Health and Safety Code Section 121349, this website posting will open a 45-day public comment period, which will close on 8/27/2021.

All public comments must be in writing and submitted to CDPH no later than 11:59 p.m., 8/27/2021. 

Public comments may be sent to: SEPApplication@cdph.ca.gov 

State-Certified Syringe Services Programs

Bakersfield AIDS Project - The Exchange Program

Contact Information: Audrey Chavez - audrey1bap@yahoo.com

Phone Number: 661-742-3611 

Mobile Site:

  • Weill Park, located at 2601 Q Street, Bakersfield, CA, every Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Home Delivery and Pick-Up:

  • By appointment, Thursdays through Saturdays within the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Community Outreach Harm Reduction Team

Contact Information: Ale del Pinal - ale.mil.islas@gmail.com

Phone Number: 510-761-9795

Mobile Sites:

  • Every Sunday from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. at 35th Street and Peralta Street and the surrounding areas, bounded by 40th Street, Broadway, Peralta Street, and 3rd Street. Oakland, including Mosswood Park and the encampment by Oakland Ave.

  • Every Thursday from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the areas bounded by 45th Street, Broadway, Adeline Street, and 3rd Street. 

Gender Health Center (GHC) - The Point

Contact Information:  Indie Pichardo - indie@ghcmail.org

Phone Number: (916) 218-6050 ext 972

Fixed Site:

  • 2020 29th Street Sacramento, CA 95817. The Point at GHC will be open Monday through Friday, 10a.m. to 8 p.m.

Home Delivery and Pick-up:  

  • By appointment only, Monday - Friday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m., within the county of Sacramento.

Harm Reduction Coalition of San Diego (HRCSD)

Contact Information:  Tara Stamos-Buesig - harmreduxsd@gmail.com

Phone Number: 619-961-0527

Mobile Site:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • City Heights - Area bounded by Interstate 15, Home Avenue, El Cajon Boulevard, and Euclid Avenue.
    • Grantville - Area bounded by Highway 8, Mission Gorge, Waring Road, Interstate 15, and Friars Road.
    • Oak Park -Area bounded by Federal Avenue, College Boulevard, Euclid Avenue, and El Cajon Boulevard.

Home Delivery and Pick-Up:

  • Same locations and days as mobile locations for those unable to access mobile locations.

Harm Reduction Coalition of Santa Cruz County (HRCSCC)

Contact Information:  Dani Dysdale - HRCofSCC@gmail.com

Phone Number: 831-769-4700

Mobile Site:

  • Coral Street between Limekiln and River Streets on Sundays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Home Delivery:

  • By appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Harm Reduction Services – Safe Points Syringe Exchange

Contact Information: Lian Bruckstein - hrssacramento@gmail.com

Phone Number: 916-456-4849

Mobile Sites:

  • Two mobile health units will operate in various locations in Sacramento County Monday through Friday. Hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Fixed Site:

  • Harm Reduction Services (2800 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817) Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Home Delivery and Pick-up:

  • By Appointment.

Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction

Contact Information: Jasmine Guerra  –   hachr707@gmail.com

Phone Number: 707-298-9313

Mobile Sites:

  • Arcata - In the area bounded by Old Samoa Road, Jackson Ranch Road, Vaissade Road and K Street. Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Arcata - In the area bounded by Redwood Highway, Hendon Road, Wymore Road and Valley East. Wednesday 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

  • McKinleyville - In the area bounded by Murray Road, Ocean Drive, School Road and Central Avenue Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Willow Creek - In the area bounded by Trinity Highway, Highway 299, Trinity River, and Country Club Road, one Friday per month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Orick - In the area bounded by Hufford Road, Lundblade Street, Redwood Highway and Drysden Road, Mondays - Saturdays 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Fortuna - In the area bounded by 101, Rohnerville Road, Main Street, and School Street. One Friday per month, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Home Delivery and Pick-Up:

  • Countywide except in the City of Eureka, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Kings County Needle Exchange Program

Contact Information: Sheila Grant-Shaffer - Sheila.Grant-Shaffer@co.kings.us

Phone Number: 559-852-2578

Fixed Site:

  • Hanford Clinic - 330 Campus Drive Hanford, CA 93230. Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Inland Empire Harm Reduction

Contact Information: Erin Ricketts - erinr@ieharmreduction.org 

Phone Number: 951-364-5311

Home Delivery and Pick-Up:

  • In the cities of Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Perris, and unincorporated areas of Riverside County within an approximate 20-mile radius of downtown Riverside by appointment on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday between the hours of 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Merced Needle Exchange – Merced Family Medicine Registry

Contact Information: Raj Mann - rajmann12@gmail.com

Phone Number: 517-861-7150

Fixed Site:

  • Merced Needle Exchange services will be provided on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Family Care Clinic at 315 Mercy Avenue in Merced.

Mono County Harm Reduction Project

Contact Information: Robin Roberts - rroberts@mono.ca.gov

Phone Number: 760-924-1740

Fixed Sites:

  • Mono County Behavioral Health at 1290 Tavern Rd., Mammoth Lakes, California; Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Walker Wellness Center at 107655 Highway 395, Walker, California; Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Mammoth Lakes Wellness Center at 181 Sierra Manor Rd. #4 Mammoth Lakes, California; by appointment only. 

Home Delivery and Pick-Up:

  •  As needed to reach people who cannot access fixed sites.

Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIHD) Harm Reduction Project

Contact Information: Dan David – dan.david@nih.org

Phone Number: 760-873-2012

Fixed Site:

  • NIHD Rural Health Clinic office at 153-B Pioneer Lane, Bishop, California, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Home Delivery and Pick-Up:

  • By appointment in an approximately 60-mile radius from the NIHD Rural Health Clinic.

Northern Sierra Harm Reduction - Plumas County Public Health Agency

Contact Information: James Wilson - jameswilson@countyofplumas.com

Phone Number: 530-283-7099

Fixed Sites:

QUINCY 

  • Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. at the Quincy Resource Center, 591 Main Street.
  • Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. at the Plumas County Public Health Agency, 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 206.

PORTOLA

  • Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. at the Portola Resource Center, 164 Ridge Street.

CHESTER

  • Each second and third Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Chester Resource Center, 372 Main Street. 

HOME DELIVERY

  • Home deliveries can be scheduled Mondays through Fridays by calling 530-283-7099 or 530-927-8142 in advance.
  • Services will be available to individuals in private residences as well as tents, recreational vehicles, and other non-traditional forms of housing occupied by program participants; and
  • Services will be delivered in the County of Plumas.

HAVEN VENDING MACHINES - Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Plumas County Public Health Agency - 270 County Hospital Road, Suite 206, Quincy, CA 95971
  • Portola Family Resource Center - 164 Ridge Street, Portola, CA 96122
  • Greenville Wellness Center - 414 Main Street, Greenville, CA 95947
  • Chester Wellness Center - 372 Main Street, Chester, CA 96020

Sierra Harm Reduction Coalition (SHRC)

Contact Information: Eric Hill - Eric.Hill@shrcoalition.org and Tom Ewing - tom.ewing@shrcoalition.com 

Phone Number: 530-212-0279 

Mobile Site:

  • Area bounded by the borders of:

    • Sacramento and El Dorado counties to the West,

    • Placer and El Dorado counties to the North,

    • Amador and El Dorado counties to the South,

    • The town of Kyburz to the East.

  • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Home Delivery and Pick-Up:

  • Services for participants unable to make it to the mobile sites will be made by appointment and will take place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Siskiyou County Public Health – Siskiyou County Syringe Services Program

Contact Information: Jessica Skillen - jskillen@co.siskiyou.ca.us 

Phone Number: 530 841-2121

Mobile Sites:

  • Any area within Siskiyou County. Current times and locations are as subject to change based on zip code data from current participants:
    • Current Outreach - Every Thursday from 11 am-2 pm by the Siskiyou County Public Health building in the Greenway, 810 South Main Street, Yreka (area bounded by Main Street, Oberlin Road and Montague Road)
    • Any changes to times and locations will be posted on the Siskiyou County Syringe Service Program website
Stockton Harm Reduction Program (SHRP)

Contact Information: Harjot Virk – harvirk@ucdavis.edu

Phone Number: 209-626-9668

Mobile Site:

  • Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., every other week. The area of operation is in the south area of Stockton bounded to the north by Highway 4, to the west by Highway 5, to the south by Charter Way, and to the east by South Wilson Way

Yuba Sutter Harm Reduction & Community Outreach

Contact Information: Tenesha McFadden - Tmcfadden@yubasutterhrco.org

Phone Number: 253-973-8200

Mobile Sites:

  • Yuba County Mobile Location:  The area bound by the Yuba river, F Street and Second Street, extending as far west as Second Street is paved. Monday from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

  • Sutter County Mobile Location: The area bound by 9800 block of Second Street and the area where Second Street and Levee Road merge, extending as far west as the Feather River edge. Monday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

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