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Harm Reduction

What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at saving lives and reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Examples of harm reduction strategies include:

  • Syringe services programs
  • Access to fentanyl test strips
  • Increased availability of naloxone
  • Removal of barriers to treatment and medications for treatment
  • Overdose prevention centers


Funding Resources & Opportunities

To support local health departments in identifying funding opportunities to support harm reduction and/or substance use disorder prevention activities, the grant scan resource below provides a summary of funding opportunities that are currently open. This resource will be updated on a weekly basis.

Grant Scan 02/16/2024


Grant Funding Webinar Series

  • February 9, 2023: To Apply or Not to Apply, that is the Question: Effective Grant Seeking Strategies to Build Impactful Programs
  • March 2, 2023: The Federal Grant “Giving Tree”: Successful Grant Seeking Strategies for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Grants
  • March 23, 2023: How to Win Funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • April 13, 2023: “If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again”: Successful Strategies for Attaining Foundation Grants


Policy & Legislative Updates

Federal Policy Update for NYSACHO 02/16/2024


2023 NYS Legislative End-of-Session Reports


Training Resources

  • National Harm Reduction Coalition
    • Training topics built around evidence-based practices to equip providers and communities to offer effective services for people who use drugs. Trainings can be offered in-person, virtually, and selected courses are available on-demand.
  • In the Works Hub
    • Harm reduction courses for communities supporting people who use drugs.
  • OASAS Harm Reduction Office Hours
    • Monthly discussions held on the fourth Thursday of every month. Select CEUs are offered for participating.


Xylazine Resources


Miscellaneous Resources

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