Outreach Program

A Community Presence

Contact: Van Asher vasher@sachr.org  Ext. 150

Our Outreach Program provides syringes, alcohol pads, and other supplies to people who inject drugs and are at risk for various infections including HIV and Hep C.  We also provide the anti-overdose medication Naloxone to people at risk, community members, and organizations along with training on how to use it. To help prevent overdoses, we provide test strips so people who inject drugs can test for the presence of fentanyl before they use.

We help individuals seeking MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment) detoxification and rehabilitation, connecting with them both in the streets as well as at our facility. Another service we offer is the pickup and disposal of syringes in the parks, surrounding streets, and public housing buildings around the South Bronx.

What To Expect

We offer you free, non-judgmental access to information and materials that will help preserve your health and well-being. If you require a service that we cannot provide, we will help direct you as to where to find it.

We can be found at 139th St. and St. Ann’s Ave where we have been doing outreach since 1990. Our schedule is as follows: 

139th St. and St. Ann’s Ave

  • Tues: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Fri: 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

148th St. and Bergen Ave

  • Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Peer Delivered Syringe Exchange

Peer Delivered Syringe Exchange (PDSE) allows active or former injecting drug users to conduct outreach and syringe exchange within their social networks – reaching the people who often need these services the most. SEP’s are only allowed to conduct outreach in locations pre-approved by the Dept. of Health. PDSE’s are essential in that they can conduct outreach at individuals’ homes and hangouts, which helps increase access to these materials within the community. New York State law requires that PDSE workers complete appropriate training prior to engaging in their work.

PDSE workers are trained in overdose reversal, needle stick injury treatment, and infectious disease transmission prevention. What may begin as a simple syringe exchange often leads to the participant being connected with a range of other social programs, information, and harm reduction education.

Syringe Outreach Response Team

SORT stands for Syringe Outreach Response Team, and is dedicated to cleaning up and safely disposing of used syringes in the South Bronx. They are also available to spread information about health and harm reduction resources.