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Homeless programs
Harm reduction

New Mexico Health Care for the Homeless
Program name: New Mexico Health Care for the Homeless 
Population served: Homeless, commercial sex workers, IVDU, MSM/IVDU, MSM, partners of these individuals
Eligibility: Homeless in general, all IVDUs
Region served: Bernalillo County
Funding: New Mexico Department of Health, Drug Policy Foundation, New Mexico Community Foundation, private donations
Program started: 1985
Number of clients: Approximately 1,200. We will distribute 300,000 syringes this year and our collection rate is 85% for contaminated syringes.
Contact: Maureen E. Rule, MA, LPC
Clinical Advisor/Team Leader
Health Care for the Homeless
P.O. Box 25545
4120 Silver SE
Albuquerque, NM 87125
Phone: 505-266-4188
Fax: 505-266-3199
Email: maureenr@sjhs.org 
Website: None
Description:

Health Care for the Homeless provides risk reduction materials (condoms, syringe exchange) and education for the prevention of primary and secondary infectious diseases including HIV and hepatitis A, B, and C; syphilis testing; and hepatitis A and B vaccinations.

IVDUs in New Mexico are 85% hepatitis C positive and under the Department of Health, we test and vaccinate when appropriate for hepatitis A and B. All syringe exchange participants and high-risk groups are eligible for the vaccine.

We have a concerted community effort in collaboration with the Department of Health to test and immunize persons at high risk of infectious disease and especially those who are already infected with hepatitis C.

We have a variety of broader interventions including substance use harm reduction, auricular detoxification acupuncture, referrals in HCH components for medical, dental, child and family health, mental health, transitional housing for persons choosing abstinence from drug use, social work, psychiatric services, and an open art studio.


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