Prevention Point Philadelphia

Founded in 1991, Prevention Point Philadelphia is a nonprofit public health organization providing harm reduction services to thousands of people experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder every year. Some of their services:

Medical Services – All of Prevention Point Philadelphia’s medical services follow a harm reduction approach and are designed to fit the individual, self-determined needs and goals of the participant.

  • Medical Case Management
  • Testing
  • Wound Care
  • HCV Clinic
  • PrEP Clinic
  • Sana Clinic

Behavioral Health Services – All of Prevention Point Philadelphia’s services follow a harm reduction approach and are designed to fit the individual needs of the participant.

  • Stabilization Treatment and Engagement Program (STEP) Clinic
  • Integrated Health Care Management Program
  • Mobile Overdose Surge Response Bus
  • PAD CARES (Police Assisted Diversion / Case management, Assessment, Re-entry, Empowerment Services)

Homeless Services

  • Homeless Outreach
  • Beacon House

Community Engagement and Volunteer Services (CEVS) – Encompasses volunteering, internships, and harm reduction education.

Drop-In Center – The Drop-In Center is in many ways the entry point through which participants are connected to all services provided by PPP. The Drop is open five days a week and provides respite for clients from outside weather.

  • Case Management
  • Mail Services
  • Art As Harm Reduction
  • Men’s Night
  • Public Restrooms
  • Womxn’s Night

Prevention Services – Help community members reduce risks associated with using opioids and other substances intravenously. These risks include disease transmission, wounds and other infections, collapsed veins, and fatal overdose. Read more about our Syringe Services Program and Overdose Prevention Program.

  • Syringe Service Program
  • Overdose Prevention Services

Accepting the award on behalf of Prevention Point Philadelphia:

Silvana Mazzella, BSW, MA

Silvana Mazzella has been at Prevention Point since 2008 and currently serves as the organization’s Interim Lead Executive Officer. Silvana is responsible for program planning, initial implementation, and evaluation of all programs and services. Until 2017, Silvana directly managed the Overdose Prevention Program and the Syringe Access Program. Silvana has been the Principal Investigator for several research initiatives at PPP. Prior to working at Prevention Point, Silvana worked at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, in the Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health (MCFH), as a Community Development Coordinator, and then as a Health Systems Planner. Prior to her work at the Health Department, Silvana worked as a non-profit consultant, grant-writer, and staff recruiter.