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12. B. 9.
Acceptance of a MDHHS grant for evaluation of a Syringe Services Program (SSP) for Calhoun County
Jim Dyer, Corporation Counsel, Corporation Counsel
Resolved, that the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners approves the acceptance of a $55,000.00 grant from the Michigan Department of Heath and Human Services to evaluate a Syringe Services Program (SSP) for Calhoun County.
The Health Department, Administration and the Corporation Counsel recommend adoption of the resolution. Acceptance of the grant is also recommended by the Calhoun County Board of Health. Consideration of SSP programs are also recommended by the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission, established in 2016 by then Governor Snyder.
General information concering SSP's, and the recommendation by the Governor's Commission is attached for consideration.
In coordination with Calhoun County Opioid Coalition efforts, Federal Government Harm Reduction Capacity Building, and former Governor Snyder’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission, the CCPHD was awarded $55,000 to expand the SSP within Calhoun County. As you may be aware, Calhoun County, and much of the United States, is experiencing an opioid epidemic. This funding is provided to continue reduction efforts.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), “Syringe services programs (SSPs) are community-based prevention programs that can provide a range of services, including linkage to substance use disorder treatment; access to and disposal of sterile syringes and injection equipment; and vaccination, testing, and linkage to care and treatment for infectious diseases.”
SSPs protect the public and first responders by facilitating the safe disposal of used needles and syringes. Providing testing, counseling, and sterile injection supplies also helps prevent outbreaks of other diseases.” (https://www.cdc.gov/ssp/index.html)
The CCPHD intends to use these funds to educate the community and gather input on the potential to implement a SSP within Calhoun County. This process will determine acceptance and support for a SSP and who will operate the program if approved. Funding will be used primarily for salaries and fringe to conduct meetings with community members and partners, opioid collation members, various city commissioners, etc
It should be noted that this funding cannot be used to purchase needles, syringes, or other equipment exclusively used for preparing consumption of drugs (according to federal regulations).
Additional information is available in the attachments.
The Health Department, Administration and the Corporation Counsel recommend adoption of a resolution to accept a $55,000.00 grant to evaluate a SSP for Calhoun County. Acceptance of the grant is also recommended by the Calhoun County Board of Health
General Information Concerning SSP Programs
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