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File #: 0674-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/9/2021 In control: Health & Human Services Committee
On agenda: 3/29/2021 Final action: 4/1/2021
Title: To authorize the Board of Health to enter into a contract with Equitas Health to continue to provide a harm reduction program, called Safe Point, from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022; to authorize the expenditure of $350,000.00 from the Health Special Revenue Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($350,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 0674-2021 Attachment SafePoint 2021
Explanation

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this ordinance is to authorize a contract with Equitas Health to continue a partnership to support the community-wide comprehensive harm reduction program called Safe Point, in an amount not to exceed $350,000.00 for a period of January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

Harm reduction services provided by Equitas Health allow clients who are at high-risk of accidental overdose death to access the lifesaving drug, Naloxone, and receive risk reduction counseling, referrals to Alcohol & Drug treatment, and overdose prevention education. In 2020, Safe Point provided services to 4,149 individual clients and had a total of 10,695 visits. Clients who participate in the Safe Point program are provided access to many types of care that address both their active substance use disorder, as well as other social determinants of health. Throughout 2020, Safe Point has provided 487 referrals for Alcohol and Drug Treatment, 217 linkages to medical care, provided overdose prevention education to 5,080 clients, and 195 referrals for behavioral or mental healthcare services.

Emergency action is requested for this contract modification in order to ensure Columbus has a harm reduction program to continue to save lives.

FISCAL IMPACT: The funds ($350,000.00) for this contract with Equitas Health are budgeted within the Health Department Special Revenue Fund.

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To authorize the Board of Health to enter into a contract with Equitas Health to continue to provide a harm reduction program, called Safe Point, from January 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022; to authorize the expenditure of $350,000.00 from the Health Special Revenue Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($350,000.00)

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WHEREAS, the Board of Health has a need to continue to provide support and expand a community-wide comprehensive harm reduction program, Safe Point; and

WHEREAS, Equitas Health has the necessary experience and expertise to provide said services; and

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