Syringe Services Program

The Syringe Services Program is a harm-reduction service that encourages injection drug users to dispose of used hypodermic needles in a safe manner. This reduces the transmission of blood borne pathogens and the number of needles discarded in the community.

Both syringe service sites (Hartford and Windham) now offer Naloxone and overdose response education. Please call or visit one of our sites (phone numbers and schedules below) to learn more about this program.

Hartford Syringe Services Program

In Hartford, SSP services are provided from a mobile van that operates in Hartford's South and North end neighborhoods five days per week. Services are offered during morning and afternoon hours. In addition to syringe exchange, the SSP provides HIV testing, risk reduction counseling, harm reduction education, drug treatment advocacy and safer sex kits. SSP staff also refer clients to drug treatment programs, medical providers and social service agencies. The Hartford SSP provides services to approximately 500 injection drug users each year and is responsible for removing more than 100,000 used needles from the streets of Hartford and its surrounding towns.

Hartford Schedule

Monday - Friday

  • 7:15 AM - 9:45 AM (Park & Hungerford St.)
  • 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM (Albany Ave. & Bedford St. by CHS)
  • 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM (Park & Hungerford St.)

You may contact the Hartford SSP for drug treatment referrals and more at 860-922-3173.

Windham Syringe Services Program

ACT is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2016, Perception Programs, Inc., an ACT member organization based in Willimantic, CT, has assumed full responsibility for the Windham SSP.

Services are still provided inside of the Windham Region No Freeze Shelter at 75 Bridge Street, Willimantic, CT, and days and hours remain the same. Services are offered during the afternoon/early evening three days per week. In addition to syringe exchange, the SSP provides risk reduction counseling, harm reduction education, drug treatment advocacy and safer sex kits. SSP staff also refer clients to drug treatment programs, medical providers and social service agencies. Services opened in Windham on November 3, 2014.

Windham Schedule

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

  • 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM (75 Bridge Street, Willimantic)

You may contact the Windham SSP for drug treatment referrals and more at 860-450-7248.

Holiday Closures

ACT’s Hartford SSP will be closed on the following days:

Monday, December 26, 2016
Monday, January 2, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Monday, September 4, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Monday, December 25, 2017

If the State of Connecticut is delayed or closed, the SSP will not be open that day. You can check for delays and closures at: http://www.ct.gov/demhs/cwp/view.asp?a=1934&Q=287788