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California Department of Public Health authorizes HACHR for 2 more years

On Oct. 8, the state approved authorization for Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction to be an official Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) until Oct. 8, 2020.

Rachel Waldman is on the board of directors for HACHR and says it has been a goal of theirs to become state-certified.

"State authorization, for us is more of a safety net sort of thing," Waldman said. "There was some talk about rescinding our authorization. If that were to happen, then state authorization would allow us to keep operating. It really doesn't change anything for us at this time, it's a safety net so we can keep serving the people that are important to us."

The California Department of Public Health has approved SEP certifications for five places within the state:

  • Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction
  • Community Outreach Harm Reduction Team
  • National Sierrar Harm Reduction - Plumas County Public Health Agency
  • Merced Needle Exchange – Merced Family Medicine Registry
  • Kings County Needle Exchange Program
  • Orange County Needle Exchange Program
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