2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 26 - HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Section 26:5C-27 - Demonstration program for operation of sterile syringe access programs.
26:5C-27 Demonstration program for operation of sterile syringe access programs.
3.The Commissioner of Health shall establish a demonstration program to permit up to six municipalities to operate a sterile syringe access program in accordance with the provisions of this act. For the purposes of the demonstration program, the commissioner shall prescribe by regulation requirements for a municipality to establish, or otherwise authorize the operation within that municipality of, a sterile syringe access program to provide for the exchange of hypodermic syringes and needles in accordance with the provisions of this act.
a.The commissioner shall:
(1)request an application, to be submitted on a form and in a manner to be prescribed by the commissioner, from any municipality that seeks to establish a sterile syringe access program, or from other entities authorized to operate a sterile syringe access program within that municipality as provided in paragraph (2) of subsection a. of section 4 of this act;
(2)approve those applications that meet the requirements established by regulation of the commissioner and contract with the municipalities or entities whose applications are approved to establish a sterile syringe access program as provided in paragraph (2) of subsection a. of section 4 of this act to operate a sterile syringe access program in any municipality in which the governing body has authorized the operation of sterile syringe access programs within that municipality by ordinance;
(3)support and facilitate, to the maximum extent practicable, the linkage of sterile syringe access programs to health care facilities and programs as may provide appropriate health care services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment, and to housing assistance, career employment-related counseling, and education counseling to consumers participating in a sterile syringe access program;
(4)provide for the adoption of a uniform identification card or other uniform Statewide means of identification for consumers, staff, and volunteers of a sterile syringe access program pursuant to paragraph (8) of subsection b. of section 4 of this act; and
(5)maintain a record of the data reported to the commissioner by sterile syringe access programs pursuant to paragraph (10) of subsection b. of section 4 of this act.
b.The commissioner shall be authorized to accept funding as may be made available from the private sector to effectuate the purposes of this act.
L.2006, c.99, s.3; amended 2012, c.17, s.345.
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