STATE OF NEW YORK
2023-2024 Regular Sessions
January 6, 2023
Introduced by M. of A. L. ROSENTHAL, PEOPLES-STOKES, PAULIN, CARROLL,
SIMON, DICKENS, EPSTEIN, CRUZ, STECK, GONZALEZ-ROJAS, MAMDANI,
FORREST, MEEKS, GALLAGHER, GLICK, KELLES, BURDICK, HEVESI, MITAYNES,
LAVINE, CLARK, TAYLOR, BICHOTTE HERMELYN, WEPRIN, AUBRY -- Multi-Spon-
sored by -- M. of A. LUPARDO -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Health -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to enacting the safer
consumption services act
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new article
2 33-C to read as follows:
3 ARTICLE 33-C
4 SAFER CONSUMPTION SERVICES ACT
5 Section 3399. Short title.
6 3399-a. Definitions.
7 3399-b. Program approval.
8 3399-c. Designation.
9 3399-d. Reporting.
10 3399-e. Immunity provided.
11 § 3399. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the
12 "safer consumption services act".
13 § 3399-a. Definitions. As used in this article:
14 1. "Program" means an overdose prevention center program established
15 pursuant to this article.
16 2. "Entity" means any community-based organization that is an author-
17 ized syringe exchange program in accordance with the regulations of the
18 department which provides educational, health, harm reduction, housing,
19 or social services and any hospital, medical clinic or office, health
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 center, nursing care facility, mental health facility, or other similar
2 entity that provides medical care.
3 3. "Participant" means an individual who seeks to utilize, utilizes,
4 or has used a program established pursuant to this article.
5 § 3399-b. Program approval. 1. Notwithstanding any other statute, law
6 or rule to the contrary, the department may approve an entity to operate
7 a program in one or more jurisdictions upon satisfaction of the require-
8 ments set forth in subdivision two of this section. The department shall
9 establish standards for program approval and training and may promulgate
10 such rules and regulations as are necessary to implement this section.
11 (a) The department shall approve or deny an application under this
12 section within forty-five days of the day of receipt of the application
13 and provide a written explanation of such determination.
14 (b) An entity may make an application under this section at any time,
15 regardless of previous applications.
16 2. The department may approve an entity to operate a program pursuant
17 to this article, upon submission of an application that demonstrates the
18 entity will, at a minimum:
19 (a) provide a hygienic space where participants may consume their
20 preobtained drugs that is separate from the space in which the provider
21 performs other services;
22 (b) provide adequate staffing by healthcare professionals or other
23 trained staff;
24 (c) provide sterile injection and other consumption supplies, collect
25 used hypodermic needles and syringes, and provide secure hypodermic
26 needle and syringe disposal services;
27 (d) provide education on safer consumption practices, proper disposal
28 of hypodermic needles and syringes, and overdose prevention, including
29 written information in, at a minimum, the four most commonly spoken
30 languages in the state as determined by the department;
31 (e) administer first aid, if needed, and monitor participants for
32 potential overdose;
33 (f) provide referrals to substance use disorder treatment, medical,
34 social welfare, and employment and training services;
35 (g) educate participants on the risks of contracting HIV and viral
36 hepatitis and provide sexual health resources and supplies, including,
37 but not limited to, male and female condoms;
38 (h) provide access to naloxone or referrals to obtain naloxone for
40 (i) provide reasonable and adequate security of the program site and
42 (j) ensure confidentiality of program participants by using an anony-
43 mous unique identifier;
44 (k) train staff members to deliver services offered by the program or
45 attend trainings provided by the department; and
46 (l) establish operating procedures for the program as well as eligi-
47 bility criteria for program participants.
48 § 3399-c. Designation. A department approved program shall also be
49 designated as an authorized syringe exchange program in accordance with
50 the regulations of the department as set forth in 10 NYCRR 80.135 and as
51 a registered provider of an opioid overdose prevention program in
52 accordance with the regulations of the department as set forth in 10
53 NYCRR 80.138.
54 § 3399-d. Reporting. An entity operating an overdose prevention center
55 program under this article shall provide an annual report to the depart-
56 ment at a date set by the department that shall include:
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1 1. the number of program participants;
2 2. aggregate information regarding the characteristics of program
4 3. the number of hypodermic needles and syringes distributed for use
6 4. the number of overdoses experienced, the number of overdoses inter-
7 vened on-site, and the outcomes; and
8 5. the number of individuals directly and formally referred to other
9 services and the type of service.
10 § 3399-e. Immunity provided. Notwithstanding any other statute, law or
11 rule to the contrary, the following persons shall not be arrested,
12 charged, or prosecuted for any criminal offense or be subject to any
13 civil or administrative penalty, including seizure or forfeiture of
14 assets or real property or disciplinary action by a professional licens-
15 ing board, or be denied any right or privilege, solely for participation
16 or involvement in an overdose prevention center program approved by the
17 department so long as such participation or involvement was in good
18 faith and in accordance with established protocols pursuant to this
20 1. a participant;
21 2. a staff member or administrator of a program, including a health-
22 care professional, manager, employee, board member, director, or volun-
23 teer; or
24 3. a property owner who owns property at which a program is located
25 and operates.
26 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.