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Pilot Program Frees Up First Responders

Downtown Seattle is on the comeback trail and the CARE Crisis Team is helping move the needle in the right direction. Crews get dispatched with police, or cops call them to assist in situations that usually involve some type of mental health or substance abuse problem.

When I recently went for a ride along, I witnessed a fentanyl addict reach out for help and immediately get connected to recovery services. They say relationship building on the streets is everything.

Last year, Mayor Bruce Harrell bet on this pilot program to help free up first responders in the city and so far it’s working.

I’m launching a more in-depth story in the coming days with Acting CARE Chief Amy Smith who is also tackling some controversial topics like “housing first” and “harm reduction.”

Here’s a quick preview of the progress being made in the hotspots.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.