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SEP Certification Applications Open for Public Comment & List of State-Certified SEPs

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of AIDS (OA) welcomes comments on all proposed SEP 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 90-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.

Applications Open for Public Comment

Orange County Needle Exchange

The Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, California nonprofit corporation that promotes public health and safety. The core mission of OCNEP is to prevent the transmission of HIV, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases by providing access to sterile needles, facilitating the disposal of used syringes, and providing access to safer injection and safer sex supplies. Additionally, OCNEP empowers community members by providing them with healthcare referrals, health education, STD testing and vaccination referrals, substance abuse treatment, homelessness support, and research in line with best practice models. Our mobile program will operate in several locations in Orange County throughout the week in an effort to offer multiple days in which to dispose of used syringes, in exchange for sterile syringes. Currently our program disposes of over 20,000 used syringes per week, and we seek to expand our operations to help additional regions in the county. OCNEP seeks authorization to provide syringe exchange services at the following times and locations:

Santa Ana: Daily, 10am-5pm

Area bounded by (N) East 4th Street, (E) North Standard Ave, (S) South Grand Avenue, and (W) East Chestnut Avenue.

Orange: Daily, 10am-5pm

Area bounded by (N) West Katella Ave / West Struck Avenue, (E) Main Street, (S) West Orangewood Avenue, (W) Santa Ana River

Anaheim: Daily, 10am-5pm

Area bounded by (N) Riverside Freeway, (E) North Olive Street, (S) East La Palma Avenue, (W) North Anaheim Boulevard

Costa Mesa: Daily, 10am-5pm

Area bounded by (N) West 18th Street, (E) Monrovia Avenue, (S) West 16th Street, (W) The outer border of Armstrong Petroleum

As required under California Health and Safety Code Section 121349, this website posting will open a 90-day public comment period, which will close on June 25, 2018.

All public comments must be in writing and submitted to CDPH no later than 11:59 p.m., June 25, 2018.

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

 

Community Outreach Harm Reduction Team

Community Outreach Harm Reduction Team (COHRT) is an Oakland-based, volunteer run, harm reduction service agency that provides harm reduction education, safe drug consumption supplies and disposal services, and health and social service referrals to individuals experiencing homelessness. COHRT aims to engage, empower, and increase access to essential services for Alameda County's most underserved and hard to reach populations. Core direct services include comprehensive harm reduction services (education and supplies) and hygiene supply distribution. Referrals for substance use disorder treatment, primary care services, Hepatitis C treatment, benefits enrollment, and housing assistance are also offered to participants.

 

COHRT requests authorization to provide syringe exchange services every Sunday from 2-7P at 35th and Peralta and the surrounding areas (bounded by 40th St., Broadway, Peralta St. and 3rd St.), and conducts a mobile outreach on Thursday evenings from 6-8P in the areas bound by 45th St., Broadway, Adeline St., and 3rd St.

As required under California Health and Safety Code Section 121349, this website posting will open a 90-day public comment period, which will close on June 26, 2018.

All public comments must be in writing and submitted to CDPH no later than 11:59 p.m., June 26, 2018.

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

 

Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction

The Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction (HACHR) proposes to expand their drop-in center hours in Eureka and add mobile syringe services to various locations in Humboldt County.

The HACHR mobile program will operate in several locations throughout the week in order to offer multiple opportunities to provide services including HIV/HCV linkage to care, medical case management, substance use treatment referrals, and syringe disposal and exchange. The days and hours at each location are subject to change as the need for services changes.

The syringe exchange program will operate:

 

1. Mondays 1:00-5:00pm at Lundblade Drive in Orick (area bounded by Hufford Road, Lundblade Street, Redwood Highway, and Drysden Road)

2. Monday-Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm at 1522 3rd Street, Eureka Ca. (drop-in center)

3. Wednesdays from 12:00pm-2:00pm on V Street in Arcata (area bounded by Old Samoa Road, Jackson Ranch Rd, Vaissade Rd and K Street)

 

4. Wednesdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm at Valley West Shopping Center in Arcata (area bounded by Redwood Highway, Hendon Road, Wymore Road and Valley East)

5. Mondays from 10:00am-12:00pm at Loop Road in Fortuna (area bounded by Redwood Highway, Newberg Road, South Fortuna Blvd., Strongs Creek Road and Redwood Way)

6. Fridays from 10:00am-12:00pm in McKinleyville off Central Avenue (area bounded by Murray Road, Ocean Drive, School Road, and Central Avenue)

7. Fridays from 1:00pm-3:00pm in Willow Creek (area bounded by Trinity Highway, Highway 299, Trinity River, and Country Club Road).

 

As required under California Health and Safety Code Section 121349, this website posting will open a 90-day public comment period, which will close on July 4, 2018.

 

All public comments must be in writing and submitted to CDPH no later than 11:59 p.m., July 4, 2018.

 

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

 

State-Certified SEPs

The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS (CDPH/OA) is pleased to announce that the Merced Needle Exchange application to provide syringe exchange program (SEP) services at the Family Care Clinic in Merced has been approved.

CDPH/OA has determined that conditions exist for the rapid spread of HIV, viral hepatitis, or other blood-borne diseases in Merced County. Injection drug use is the second-most common mode of transmission of HIV, and the most common mode of transmission of hepatitis C.

The Family Care Clinic is a rural non-profit located in a medically underserved area, and the closest needle exchange program to Merced is 40 miles away. Program services will be provided by resident and community physicians from the University of California Merced School of Medicine, and will include access to HIV and HCV testing, linkage to medical care and treatment for substance use disorders, HIV risk reduction supplies, and referrals to other critical services that lead to improved public health outcomes.

CDPH/OA finds that the Merced Needle Exchange meets the requirements outlined in California Health and Safety (H&S) Code Section 121349 to qualify for authorization. Authorization is effective from April 23, 2018 through April 23, 2020. Merced Needle Exchange may apply for renewal before the end of the two-year period.

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

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.

Most SEPs in California are authorized by local governments. CDPH-authorized programs are:

Kings County Needle Exchange Program

Telephone: (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 Renewal(PDF)

Telephone: (714) 794-5643

Location: Santa Ana, CA. See the OCNEP website for directions.

Hours and days of operation: Saturdays from 12 PM to 3 PM

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