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Mayor Harrell Announces New City Investments in Post-Overdose Recovery Facility and Enhanced Mobile Addiction Treatment Services 

New mobile medical van deploying to Pioneer Square this summer; pilot post-overdose stabilization services coming online in June SEATTLE, May 9 – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced $7 million in capital funds for facility improvements to organizations treating substance use disorder and providing post-overdose care, opioid medication delivery, and case… [ Keep reading ]

As Fires Surge in Vacant Buildings, Mayor Harrell Proposes Emergency Legislation for Faster Demolition and Remediation of Risks

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has submitted emergency legislation to amend the Seattle Fire Code and allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to order and complete demolition or remediation of unsafe vacant buildings in Seattle. “These dangerous vacant buildings are known hazards that put our first… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Fire Department launches pilot program allowing paramedics to administer buprenorphine in the field

SEATTLE – Mayor Bruce Harrell joined Seattle Fire Department (SFD) Chief Harold Scoggins, SFD Medical Director Dr. Michael Sayre and other leaders today to announce the launch of a new pilot program in Seattle that allows SFD’s paramedics to administer a new medicine in the field. The medication, with a… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Public Forums to Discuss Creating a Safer Seattle

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced upcoming public forums to discuss his vision for creating a safer Seattle and to hear directly from community members on this important issue. The first Creating a Safer Seattle discussion will be Thursday, March 14, from 6 – 7:30 pm at the downtown… [ Keep reading ]

As State Legislative Session Begins, Mayor Harrell Highlights Key Priorities for Seattle

Seattle – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell shared key legislative priorities for his administration and the people of Seattle as the Washington State Legislature begins the 2024 session. Mayor Harrell is calling for bold action on critical public safety, behavioral health, and other priority issues that impact Seattle and cities… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Mayor Harrell and San Francisco Mayor Breed Urge Congressional Leaders to Support Increased Funding to Combat Fentanyl Crisis

37 bipartisan mayors ask Congress to support Biden Administration’s efforts to prevent overdose deaths Seattle/San Francisco, November 14, 2023 — Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, and 35 other U.S. mayors sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass President Biden’s supplemental funding request… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on Passage of the Public Safety and Health Response to the Opioid Crisis Ordinance

Seattle – Today Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement:  “Today’s vote by the City Council is a needed step forward in our efforts to address the deadly epidemic of fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. Fentanyl is tragically killing thousands in our city and around the country, and we need… [ Keep reading ]

Progress update on City of Seattle’s Health 99 overdose response team pilot  

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Seattle Fire Department Chief Harold Scoggins, emergency medical responders, and other health leaders to give a progress update on the Health 99 overdose response unit, which began operations in July 2023. Created following Mayor Harrell’s Executive Order issued in April… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Efforts to Improve Addiction Treatment, Proposes Legislation to Reduce Public Consumption of Fentanyl and Other Illegal Drugs

Advancing health-focused approach, Mayor Harrell announces spending plan for $27 million investment toward innovative facilities and treatment programs to address addiction Informed by law enforcement, service providers, and impacted communities, the mayor’s proposed legislation will emphasize diversion and health programs while allowing arrests for public consumption of illegal drugs Seattle… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and Fentanyl Systems Work Group to Address Consumption of Illegal Drugs in Public Spaces 

Seattle – Continuing the work laid out in his Executive Order focused on making Seattle a safer, healthier city by addressing the crisis of fentanyl and synthetic drugs, Mayor Bruce Harrell today appointed a 24-member work group uniting the four corners of Seattle government – the Mayor’s Office, Seattle City… [ Keep reading ]