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HHS Issues Guidance on the Use of Federal Funds for Syringe Services Programs
 
 
  March 30 2016
 
Dear Colleagues,
 
This morning, HHS issued guidance regarding the use of Federal funds to implement or expand syringe services programs for people who inject drugs. An overview of the guidance and a link to the complete document can be found here: https://blog.aids.gov/2016/03/hhs-releases-guidance-for-syringe-services-programs-2.html......[From Jules: "Funds may be used to support various components of SSPs"]
 
The release of the HHS guidance was part of a broader set of public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic, which is claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Here's a link to the full White House announcement: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/29/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-additional-actions-address [from Jules, highlights: $105 mill new funding for treatment services; new interagency Task Force, to be chaired by the Domestic Policy Council, to advance access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment; new funding to buy naloxone; new $1.4 mill for rural communities; guidance for HHS-funded programs regarding the use of Federal funds to implement or expand syringe services programs for people who inject drugs]
 
Additional information and guidance for HHS grantees will be coming out over the next two weeks from the relevant HHS agencies.
 
Thank you for work to increase awareness of the science behind syringe services programs and support the lifting of the ban and for your continued efforts to realize the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Viral Hepatitis Action Plan.
 
Moving forward together,
 
Rich
 
Richard J. Wolitski, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
 
Phone: (202) 690-5560
 
Email: Richard.Wolitski@hhs.gov

 
 
 
 
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