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 Middletown) 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 is responsible for removing more than 200,000 used needles from the streets of Hartford and its surrounding towns each year.

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.

Middletown Syringe Services Program

In Middletown, ACT’s SSP services are provided from a mobile van that operates behind the St. Vincent de Paul Middletown Soup Kitchen, located at 617 Main Street. This program offers the same services as the Hartford SSP, including syringe exchange, HIV testing, risk reduction counseling, harm reduction education, drug treatment advocacy and safer sex kits.

Middletown Schedule

  • Fridays: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (617 Main Street, behind the St. Vincent de Paul Middletown Soup Kitchen)

You may contact the Middletown SSP for drug treatment referrals and more at 860-924-8477.

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. Services opened in Windham on November 3, 2014.

You may contact the Windham SSP for drug treatment referrals and more at 860-450-7128.

Holiday Closures

ACT’s SSPs 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