LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Health Department is taking steps to give one of its programs the attention it deserves.
It's adding a harm reduction supervisor for Gateway to Hope.
This person will be dedicated to the county's needle exchange program. That's something the department has never had before.
Administrator Khala Hochstedler used to be in charge, but she said the pandemic has shifted her focus elsewhere.
"I just don't have the time to give it what I was giving it a year ago due to COVID-19," Hochstedler said. "So, this will greatly help alleviate the stress of that."
Hochstedler said the new position will also oversee community outreach for the program.
"Outreach with testing, outreach with prep and trying to get more prep resources to prevent HIV," she added. "So, it will just be a dedicated person to this."
The supervisor role is funded through the state's HIV Prevention Grant, and still needs approval from the county council.