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

State-Certified SEPs                                                              

As part of California's efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and other blood-borne diseases, California allows both local governments and the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS (CDPH/OA) to authorize syringe exchange programs (SEPs). Additionally, California law allows physicians and pharmacists to furnish or sell an unlimited number of hypodermic needles and syringes to adults age 18 and older for disease prevention purposes.

California Health and Safety (H&S) Code Section 121349 permits CDPH/OA to authorize SEPs in any location where the department determines that the conditions exist for rapid spread of HIV, viral hepatitis, or other blood-borne diseases.

Most of the more than forty SEPs in California have been authorized by local governments. The SEPs that have been authorized by CDPH/OA are the following:

Spotlight: Humboldt County 

 

 

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

The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS (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  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. 
  • Willow Creek

    In the area bounded by Trinity Highway, Highway 299, Trinity River, and Country Club Road          Friday 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 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

National 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 / www.ocnep.org

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.

Applications Open for Public Comment and Pending Applications

The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS (CDPH/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.

Currently, there are no application open for public comment. 

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