Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kim Judson


Sobriety Works is a privately owned agency that is in the DMC-ODS (Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System) Network. It is located in Santa Cruz and provides services to adults in Santa Cruz with a substance use disorder. The rates of overdose and transmission of bloodborne pathogens from drug use is too high in Santa Cruz County. The substance-using population in Santa Cruz County faces barriers in improving the quality of their life. The project will increase the knowledge of the participants on harm reduction strategies and coping skills through the use of evidence based practices. The findings from the harm reduction outpatient project indicate that there is a need for harm reduction-based treatment in Santa Cruz County among providers and substance users. The harm reduction project’s implementation took longer than anticipated due to the amount of time it takes to launch a clinical group in addition to the difficulties of promoting a relatively controversial intervention. The recommendation for the agency moving forward is to continue with the implementation of the project while advertising the group as an early intervention skills treatment intervention.