Harm Reduction & Syringe Service Programs - SSPs

The North Dakota Department of Health along with NASTAD and the Harm Reduction Coalition are providing training on SSPs.

Training Information

  • What: Implementing & Operation a SSP
  • When: Tuesday, September 4th from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Where: Fargo, N.D
    • Oak Room at Fargo Cass Public Health
    • 1240 25th St S, Fargo, ND 58103
  • Registraion: Free! Complete Registration Form by August 30th

Topics To Be Covered

  • Harm Reduction 101
  • Communcating to a Community & Leadership about SSP
  • Cultural Competency for Persons Who Inject Drugs
  • Operating a SSP and More!
  • Final Agenda Coming Soon!

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Sarah Weninger at 701.328.2378 or sweninger@nd.gov.

North Dakota Syringe Service Program (SSP) Guidance

Syringe Service programs (SSP), also known as syringe access (SAP), syringe exchange program (SEP) or needle exchange (NEP) programs, are a harm reduction intervention that have been in existence since the late 1980s and have been scientifically proven to reduce transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B and C, and other blood-borne pathogens in people who inject (PWI). The primary objectives of SSPs are to:

  • Provide a clean syringe for each injection instance to reduce the potential for transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and C, and other blood-borne pathogens.
  • Provide an entry point for substance abuse treatment and care and other resources as appropriate to the individual.

Syringe Service Programs became legal in the state of North Dakota for communities who are deemed at risk for increases of HIV and viral hepatitis infections due to people in that community who inject and are sharing injection equipment with the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 2320 during the 2017 Legislative Session. The North Dakota Department of Health was given the authority to authorize programs within the state of North Dakota. The legislation passed set out key requirements that entities must comply with prior to operationalizing their exchanges. One of those requirements is that SSPs must be authorized to operate by the NDDoH. SSPs must follow the enrollment information, which is found in the guidance, to be considered for authorization.

Syringe Service Program Guidance and Documents


North Dakota Syringe Service Program (SSP) Guidance

Syringe Service Program (SSP) Participant Enrollment Form Template

Syringe Service Program (SSP) Participant Log Template

Syringe Service Program (SSP) Semi-Annual Report Form

North Dakota Epidemiologic Profile


Risk Assessment

Take an HIV/STD/viral hepatitis risk assessment survey.