Santa Cruz County

Agenda Item

Consider the Health Services Agency's Biennial Report for the Syringe Services Program, as outlined in the memorandum of the Director of Health Services


Department:Health Services Agency: Public Health DivisionSponsors:Health Services Agency Director Giang T. Nguyen
Category:HSA PH - Board LetterProjects:Master Calendar

Meeting History

Jun 6, 2017 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

1) Accepted and filed the Health Services Agency (HSA)’s 2015 - 2017 Biennial Report for the Syringe Services Program (SSP);

2) Authorized HSA to continue with the 1 for 1 syringe exchange policy at the two designated SSP sites located at the County’s Emeline Clinic and Watsonville Health Center;

3) Authorized HSA to discontinue provision of additional syringes due to Medical or First Encounter exceptions by HSA Syringe Services Program staff and replace this practice with linking Syringe Services Program individuals, including those who request additional syringes, to County clinic sites for timely patient intake and professional medical evaluation. The individuals will become patients of the clinics for ongoing primary care, specialty care, mental health and substance use disorder services;

4) Directed staff to timely return to your Board to report and make recommendation if there is an increase in new cases of blood-borne communicable diseases;

5) Directed HSA to work with city jurisdictions to explore options to install safe sharps-disposal containers countywide in locations where known frequent public discarding of syringes occurs;

6) Directed HSA to maximize capitalization of funding advantages through future Drug Medi-Cal expansion and other relevant initiatives offering potential opportunities to further enhance the SSP as a substance use disorder intervention program to support SSP clients in recovery; and

7) Directed staff to continue participating in statewide and local initiatives to address the opioid addiction epidemic problem

MOVER:Ryan Coonerty, Third District Supervisor
SECONDER:Zach Friend, Vice Chair, Second District Supervisor
AYES:John Leopold, Zach Friend, Ryan Coonerty, Greg Caput, Bruce McPherson


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