Welcome to the Tennessee Syringe Services Program (SSP) application for TN Health Departments. This application is for health departments 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. 

Per §T.C.A Title 68, Chapter 1, upon a petition by the county legislative body, a Tennessee county or district health department may apply to establish and operate syringe services program. The objectives of the program shall be to promote scientifically proven ways of mitigating health vulnerabilities associated with drug use through:

  1. Reducing the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), viral hepatitis, and other bloodborne diseases in this state
  2. Reducing needle stick injuries to law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel
  3. Encouraging persons who inject drugs to enroll in evidence-based treatment
  4. Providing 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. 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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