Infectious Disease Programs

Syringe Service Programs – Persons who inject drugs can substantially reduce their risk of getting and transmitting HIV, viral hepatitis and other blood borne infections by using a sterile needle and syringe for every injection. In certain jurisdictions, persons who inject drugs can access sterile needles and syringes through syringe services programs (SSPs) administered by health care entities.

Sample Policy and Procedure for Syringe Service Programs

Developed by the health care legal team at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP (FTLF) and NACHC’s Regulatory Affairs Department, this document offers general guidance on applicable federal laws and regulations regarding the operations of syringe service programs at a health center.

Refer to the federal health resources below for more detailed information on syringe service programs:

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Federal Response

Centers for Disease Control, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention


This page covers an emergent topic facing health centers and may be updated periodically to be responsive to those issues. This provides general information and is not a substitute for legal advice. Consult with an attorney who can advise your organization based upon Local, State and Federal laws.