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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 (PDF) lists all authorized SSPs in the state.

The Syringe Exchange Certification Program does not provide funding to applicants, however all authorized SSPs are eligible to participate in the California Syringe Supply Clearinghouse, which provides a baseline level of supplies to authorized programs.

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

For more information see:

Fact Sheet - Syringe Exchange Certification Program (PDF)

Operating Requirements for CDPH-Certified SSPs (PDF)

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.

Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition

Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition (NVHRC) proposes a syringe access and disposal program that will also include other wraparound services, including condom distribution, naloxone training and distribution, and hepatitis C and HIV testing and counseling. Additionally, staff will give referrals for addiction treatment services, medication-assisted treatment, hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations, STI screenings, and housing services. The program will be administered by NVHRC volunteers and staff and will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Chico outreach – area bounded by Boucher Street, Cleveland Street, Guill Street, Humboldt Avenue and Highway 99. Including both Ohio Street and Virginia Street between Guill Street and Community Park. Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Blackbird Books Art Cafe – 1431 Park Avenue, Chico, CA 95928. Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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 August 12, 2019.

All public comments must be in writing and submitted to CDPH no later than 11:59 p.m., August 12, 2019

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

 

Mono County Harm Reduction Project

Mono County Behavioral Health (MCBH) proposes a new syringe services program (SSP), the Mono County Harm Reduction Project. The program would provide two fixed-site locations at public health facilities, as well as mobile services in Mammoth Lakes and unincorporated areas of Mono County. In addition to a full range of harm reduction services, the project will be integrated with the range of other services offered by MCBH.

Proposed hours and locations of operation include:

  • Mono County Behavioral Health at 452 Old Mammoth Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.;
  • Walker Wellness Center at 107655 Highway 395, Walker, CA
  • Monday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and
  • Mobile health outreach: Weekly home delivery services as needed to reach people who cannot access fixed sites.

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 June 6, 2019.

All public comments must be in writing and submitted to CDPH no later than 11:59 p.m., June 6, 2019.

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

 

Harm Reduction Coalition of Santa Cruz County

This application has been withdrawn.

State-Certified Syringe Service Programs 

Spotlight: Humboldt County  

 

ALM Mission Syringe Service Program

Contact Information: (530) 440-5880 / rebeccabobrow1959@gmail.com  

Locations and hours of operation:

All services will be provided in the City of Clearlake at the times and locations listed below.

  • Clearlake Park area at Eastlake Drive and 2nd Street (nearest cross street is Bush Street)
  • Mondays 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Burns Valley Road by artificial tree at sharp corner (nearest cross street is Moose Trail)
    Mondays 2:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • Olympic Drive at parking lot across from Maple Street
    Mondays 3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
  • Empty lot on corner of Moss Avenue and Davis Avenue (nearest cross street is 40th Avenue)
    Mondays 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Private home deliveries  Mondays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Siskiyou County Public Health – Siskiyou County Syringe Service Program

Siskiyou County Syringe Service Program Letter of Approval (PDF)

Contact Information: (530) 841-2121 / jskillen@co.siskiyou.ca.us / County of Siskiyou Public Health

Locations and hours of operation:

  • Every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. by the Siskiyou County Behavioral Health building, 2060 Campus Drive, Yreka (area bounded by Greenhorn Road, Interstate 5 and Outsen Road);
  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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);
  • Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. by the Tulelake Police Department, 470 C Street, Tulelake (area bounded by Hwy 139, Stateline Road, Yost Road and Ridgeview Street).

Harm Reduction Services – Safe Points Syringe Exchange

Harm Reduction Services Letter of Approval (PDF)

Contact Information: 916-456-4849 / hrssacramento@gmail.com

Locations and hours of operation:

  • Two mobile health units will operate in various locations in Sacramento County Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Geographic boundaries for Sacramento mobile services will be prioritized by areas of need within the region spanning Latrobe Road to the East (Sherman Island), East Levee Road to the southwest, I street Bridge to the west, Elverta Road to the north and Calvine Road to the south.
  • Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic - free medical clinic (3647 40th St., Sacramento, CA 95817) on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Gender Health Center (2020 29th St. #201, Sacramento, CA 95817) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Harm Reduction Services (2800 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817) Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction

CDPH/OA has determined that the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) has met the requirements outlined in California Health and Safety Code Section 121349 to qualify for authorization. Additionally, CDPH/OA has determined that conditions exist for the rapid spread of HIV, viral hepatitis, or other blood-borne diseases in Humboldt County. Information about the CDPH/OA decision-making process may be found in the CDPH/OA Syringe Exchange Certification Program - Recent Decisions and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) fact sheet on the OA web site.

In order to reduce the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis and to reduce the existing risk of outbreaks of hepatitis C viral infection and HIV in Humboldt County, CDPH/OA has approved HACHR's application to provide syringe exchange services. Authorization is effective October 8, 2018 through October 8, 2020. HACHR may apply for renewal before the end of the two-year period.

Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) services will include overdose education and prevention, naloxone distribution, syringe exchange, condom distribution, drug testing (fentanyl test strips), information on safer injection practices, hepatitis C and HIV testing and counseling, warm handoff to treatment providers, and on-site collaboration with mental health and medical providers. Additionally, staff will give referrals for substance use disorder treatment services, hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccinations, screenings for sexually transmitted infections, and housing services. For questions about this authorization, please contact SEPinfo@cdph.ca.gov.

HACHR Contact Information:

Contact Information: Brandi Wilson, Executive Director – (707) 601-6221 / hachr707@gmail.com

Mailing address: Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction, 1522 3rd Street, Eureka CA 95501

Locations and hours of operation:

  • Arcata Outreach #1 
    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 Outreach #2
    In the area bounded by Redwood Highway, Hendon Road, Wymore Road and Valley East.
    Wednesday 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Eureka Drop-in 1522 3rd Street, Eureka
    Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Orick Outreach
    In the area bounded by Hufford Road, Lundblade Street, Redwood Highway and Drysden Road.
    Monday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Fortuna Outreach
    In the area bounded by Redwood Highway, Newberg Road, South Fortuna Boulevard, Strongs Creek Road and Redwood Way.
    Monday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • McKinleyville Outreach
    In the area bounded by Murray Road, Ocean Drive, School Road and Central Avenue
    Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Community Outreach Harm Reduction Team

Contact Information: (510) 761-9795

Locations and hours of operation:

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

Northern Sierra Harm Reduction - Plumas County Public Health Agency

Contact Information: James Wilson (530) 283-7099 jameswilson@countyofplumas.com

Locations and hours of operation:

  • Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center (591 Main Street, Quincy, CA 95971) on the first and third Tuesdays from 3pm – 5pm.
  • Portola Resource Center (164 Ridge Street, Portola, CA 96122) on the first and third Wednesday from 3pm – 5pm.
  • Chester Wellness Center (372 Main Street, Chester, CA 96020) on the first and third Thursday from 3pm – 5pm.

Merced Needle Exchange – Merced Family Medicine Registry

Contact Information: Karsha Sarthianathan (517) 861-7150 / karsga315@gmail.com

Location and hours of operation:

  • Merced Needle Exchange services will be provided on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm in the parking lot of the Family Care Clinic at 315 Mercy Avenue in Merced.

Kings County Needle Exchange Program

Contact Information: (559) 584-1401

Locations and hours of operation:

  • Hanford - every Tuesday from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Corcoran - every 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Avenal - every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Orange County Needle Exchange Program

Orange County Needle Exchange Program Letter of Approval (PDF)

Contact Information: (714) 794-5643 / steering@ocnep.org / Orange County Needle Exchange

Locations and hours of operations:

  • Anaheim - Area bounded by the Riverside Freeway (California State Route 91), North Anaheim Boulevard, East La Palma Avenue, and North Olive Street every Monday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Costa Mesa - 17th Street from the outer border of the Armstrong Petroleum Plant to Whittier Avenue every Wednesday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Orange - Area bounded by West Katella Avenue/West Struck Avenue, the Santa Ana River, West Orangewood Avenue, and Main Street every Tuesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Santa Ana - Area bounded by East 4th Street, North Standard Avenue, Walnut Street, and North Grand Avenue every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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