Date of Graduation

Summer 8-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Behavioral Health (MSBH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Raffel

Second Advisor

Lydia Bransten

Abstract

There are over 90 safe injection facilities (SIFs) in at least 11 countries around the world, except in the United States. SIFs are spaces where people who inject drugs (PWID) can bring their pre-obtained drugs in a hygienic space and use them under supervision. The goal of these sites is to reduce the harmful effects of injection drug use and refer PWID to other medical, social, and treatment services. The Safer Inside Coalition, a community-driven health initiative, in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco recommended opening a SIF in the Tenderloin to improve the health of the community and individual drug users. The purpose of this project was to develop an operational plan for a SIF. Based on a literature review and coalition meetings, two operational plan models were developed – a centralized model and an integrated model. These were compiled in a report for community organizations to review to assess feasibility of implementing these services in the Tenderloin district. Further development needs to be done to work out more specific details based on the model that is chosen and the needs of the community.

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