Center for Harm Reduction Services

Training and Technical Assistance

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Maryland Harm Reduction Training Institute

The Maryland Department of Health, Center for Harm Reduction Services partners with the Maryland Harm Reduction Training Institute (MaHRTI) to build the capacity of Maryland's harm reduction workforce to provide optimal services to people who use drugs. For more information visit​ or contact

Regrounding Our Response

The Regroun​ding Our Response initiative launched in the Summer of 2019 with a series of intensive training events and regional summits that brought together community members, public health professionals, service providers, law enforcement and faith communities. Each event focused on a public health concept crucial to reducing stigma and evidence-based approaches to the opioid overdose crisis. The Center for Harm Reduction Services now supports a multi-disciplinary network of Master Presenters across the state who completed training in one of five core concepts: Stages of Change, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Social Determinants of Health, MAT Overdose Prevention, and a Drug User Health Framework. The training network is committed to raising awareness about public health approaches to the overdose crisis by presenting on these core concepts in Maryland throughout 2020. Please contact​ to learn more and schedule a presentation in your community. 

​ACCESS Statewide Conference 

Access-2021-Registration-Open-Facebook (1).pngThe Center for Harm Reduction Services is excited to host out first annual ACCESS 2021 Maryland Harm Reduction Conference in collaboration with both local and national leaders, community-based organizations and advocates within the community of people who use drugs. 

ACCESS 2021 Maryland Harm Reduction Conference will utilize various workshops, seminars, and panel discussions to highlight the collective efforts across the state towards ending the opioid crisis and to promote self-care at an individual and community level for those providing and receiving harm reduction services. 

The statewide conference will take place on August 5, 2021. There are a number of ways to attend:
  • In-person attendance: $40 (includes full admission to the conference, breakfast, lunch, and childcare at a first come, first served basis)
  • Virtual attendance: $20
Planning ahead for safety concerns, if we are unable to host an in-person even, the in-person registration will automatically roll over to a virtual registration and the $20 difference will be refunded to your account. 

Register here, today!
If you need assistance paying the registration fees, there are 50% to 100% tuition vouchers available. Please reach out to Leslie Evans ( for more information.