Governance policies dictate how an organization is run: who can make what decisions, when those decisions can be made, how many people must make them, and so on. Some examples of governance policies include agency bylaws and board-related policies (such as officer elections, meeting quorums, codes of conduct, personal contributions, confidentiality etc.).
Fiscal policies govern how an organization handles money and fiscal matters. Examples include policies about using credit cards, reimbursement requests, investments, check signing, bank account management etc.
Service provision and operations policies are the policies that impact services: how services are provided, how they can be accessed, limitations on services, who can receive services, how information about services is communicated, how conflict is handled and so on.
Personnel policies, discussed in depth in the next section, primarily impact paid staff but often also impact agency volunteers and board members.
During our development Harm Reduction Hacks have collected together a large number of resources from around the web you can find these in our resource folder in Google Docs. We are also always looking for more so help us by suggesting any resources we may have missed.
We do not claim that this is an exhaustive set of strategies, shortcuts, or tips for running an SSP. What we do suggest is that Harm Reduction Hacks offers down-to-earth, practical information for being a better leader, starting and running an SSP, and providing syringe access services. We feel we can say this with confidence because the Hacks are based on interviews with, and the experiences of, literally generations of people who have been doing harm reduction work.
Please note that nothing in this guide should be construed as legal advice. Please consult an attorney local to your area to ensure your program is in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations that apply to your situation.