Harm Reduction Research and Treatment Center (HaRRT)

The Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center is located in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington – Harborview Medical Center.

Their mission is to work collaboratively with substance users, community members and organizations to develop, conduct, evaluate and disseminate evidence-based interventions that help to reduce substance-related harm and improve quality of life for affected individuals and their communities.


  • Engaging in ethical and just practices
  • Building trust and relationships
  • Modeling personal responsibility
  • Mentoring and investing in our team and trainees
  • Valuing community
  • Honoring others’ wisdom and life experiences
Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP) Artist Collective

The Life Enhancing Alcohol-management Program (LEAP) Artist Collective was born out of a collaboration between researchers at the University of Washington's Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center, and residents, staff, and management of the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC). All parties came together as a community advisory board to identify ways to reduce alcohol-related harm, improve quality of life, and create healing within DESC's 1811 Eastlake community, which is a permanent supportive housing program serving people with the lived experience of chronic homelessness and alcohol use problems. 

In 2015, members of the collective created a dedicated art space at 1811 Eastlake in which weekly art , music, and writing hours are held. Additionally, the Collective publishes a quarterly Zine featuring residents' art and news, stages talent shows and poetry readings, and has fostered partnerships with various local nonprofit agencies to bring about healing through the arts.