The National Sobering Collaborative is pleased to feature an innovative Alcohol Management Pilot developed to assist in physical distancing efforts.

Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless (California), a division of Health Care Services Agency, drafted a policy and protocol for the management of alcohol services at isolation sites due to COVID-19 following intensive research and consultation with Dr. Shannon Smith-Bernardin. The protocol aims to keep guests at or near baseline alcohol consumption and to avoid an early exit or emergency room visits due to alcohol withdrawal or complications. We are actively evaluating the implementation of this service and will be updating protocols as needed.

Pilot Protocols: Alcohol Management for People Who Plan to Consume Alcohol During Quarantine or Isolation for COVID-19- a Pilot Service (written by Seth Gomez PharmD BCPP & Aaron Chapman MD)

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About Alcohol Management

With the COVID-19 crisis, many communities are struggling with providing safe, effective shelter for individuals with chronic alcohol consumption. Employing a harm reduction method informed by evidence-based practice, individualized alcohol management is being considered as an option.

The primary focus of the National Sobering Collaborative is on the use of sobering centers in the care for public intoxication, and we also strive to engage around interventions and solutions that offer stability and decrease harms for individuals with hazardous and harmful substance use. Managed alcohol programs are located primarily in Canada.

For comprehensive information on MAPs, the Canadian Managed Alcohol Program Study offers a wealth of information including numerous articles from their research team.

Please reach out anytime with questions! See appropriate contact information on the provided guidelines. For additional information on managed alcohol or evaluating your intervention, please email shannon (at)