Welcome to the Tennessee Syringe Services Program (SSP) application. This application is for those seeking to establish and operate an SSP in Tennessee. An SSP and any operating location(s) must be approved by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) before starting operations. 

Any organization (such as a nongovernmental/community-based organization or health department) that promotes scientifically proven ways of mitigating health vulnerabilities associated with drug use, may apply to establish and operate an SSP. The objectives of the program shall be to do all of the following:

  1. Reduce the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases in this state
  2. Reduce needle stick injuries to law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel
  3. Encourage persons who inject drugs to enroll in evidence-based treatment
  4. Provide overdose prevention services, including access to naloxone

Please note, the law requires that unused needle, syringes, and other injection supplies are provided at no cost and in quantities sufficient to ensure that these supplies are not shared or reused. A program shall strive for a 1:1 syringe exchange. No public funds (such as state or federal funding) may be used to purchase needles, syringes, or other injection supplies.  Please review Tennessee's SSP legislation, T.C.A Title 68, Chapter 1, prior to applying.

Please complete the following Syringe Services Program application.

For questions or assistance, please contact SSP.Health@tn.gov.

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