In December of 2013, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health released the official guidelines that all Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) need to abide by in the State of Nevada.
These official guidelines authorize a governmental entity, a nonprofit corporation that is recognized as exempt under section (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3), a public health program, a medical facility or a person who has a fiscal sponsor that is recognized as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3), to establish a sterile hypodermic device program in this State. Federal funds cannot be used to fund or oversee these programs.
The following guidelines could be developed into their own policies to ensure that organizations operating sterile Syringe Service Programs (hypodermic device programs) in Nevada are in compliance with State regulations governing this program. These guidelines will serve as clarification of S.B. 410 (2013) and assist sterile syringe services programs to operate in a safe and responsible manner while ensuring HIV/AIDS and hepatitis prevention and early intervention. Syringe Services Programs are also known as Hypodermic Device Programs.