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Honoring the winners of our Better Government Competition - proposals from across America to improve care for individuals living with mental illness
Mobile Medication, Early Intervention, Suicide Prevention, and Opioid Addiction Programs Win 25th Annual Better Government Competition

Mobile Medication, Early Intervention, Suicide Prevention, and Opioid Addiction Programs Win 25th Annual Better Government Competition

BOSTON – Pioneer Institute’s 25th annual Better Government Competition received nearly 100 entries from agencies and organizations across the U.S. on the topic, “Improving Care for Individuals with Mental Illness.” One winner, four runners-up and four special recognition recipients were recognized at the Institute’s Awards Gala on June 20th at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. … Continued

2016 Winner: North Carolina Mobile Medication Program

2016 Winner: North Carolina Mobile Medication Program

A pilot project that provides home visiting support to help ensure continuity of care for adults with severe psychiatric illness. The program focuses on low-income participants who have been prescribed psychiatric medications, and have a history of hospitalization or repeated…

2016 Runner Up: Integrated Healthcare and Substance Use Collaborative

2016 Runner Up: Integrated Healthcare and Substance Use Collaborative

A partnership between behavioral health specialists working within primary care practices and the hospital Emergency Department, and the police department, school district, and Mental Health and Drug Courts to address the community’s substance abuse needs through comprehensive support.

2016 Runner Up: Multi-Tiered Behavioral Health Facility Diverts Individuals from the Criminal Justice System

2016 Runner Up: Multi-Tiered Behavioral Health Facility Diverts Individuals from the Criminal Justice System

A community-based facility that would provide multi-tiered support services and short- and long-term treatment for individuals with serious mental illness, as an alternative to incarceration.

2016 Runner Up: Text Message Crisis Counseling

2016 Runner Up: Text Message Crisis Counseling

A text messaging service that connects teens and young adults in crisis to trained counselors and resources.

2016 Runner Up: Psychosis Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program

2016 Runner Up: Psychosis Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program

An early detection, intervention and prevention model for at-risk youth that identifies and mitigates symptoms of psychosis through community outreach, assessment, and treatment.

Expanding community health center options to improve access for low-income communities

Expanding community health center options to improve access for low-income communities

Mental illness, the theme of our 2016 Better Government Competition, impacts all of us. In the third part of our ongoing blog series, below, we explore access to mental health care for low-income communities. Community health centers (CHCs) are one of the most important providers of health care for low-income communities – they are a … Continued

Helping Those with Mental Illness Find Treatment, Not Incarceration

Helping Those with Mental Illness Find Treatment, Not Incarceration

Prisons and jails have become our country's de facto mental health institutions. Our criminal justice system has become a revolving door for vulnerable people who need treatment but instead face imprisonment and conditions that exacerbate their afflictions. Learn about some…

Helping Children Impacted by Mental Illness

Helping Children Impacted by Mental Illness

Mental illness, the theme of our 2016 Better Government Competition, impacts all of us. It takes a toll on our education, healthcare, and criminal justice systems, and affects our economy. We cannot end mental illness, but we can do much…

Why Mental Health, Why Now?

Why Mental Health, Why Now?

There is always a bristled excitement among Pioneer staff and supporters before the topic of the annual Better Government Competition is announced. The organization seems to have a knack for selecting the most critical public policy issues. When the topic…

2016 Better Government Competition: Improving the Quality & Access to Care for Individuals Living with Mental Illness

2016 Better Government Competition: Improving the Quality & Access to Care for Individuals Living with Mental Illness

Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition is a citizens’ ideas contest that seeks out and rewards innovative solutions to public sector problems, with different focus areas each year. The Competition grand prize winner receives $10,000; four runners-up receive $1,000 each, and…

2015 Winner: Reducing Recidivism through Education

2015 Winner: Reducing Recidivism through Education

Learn about the unique education model of the Five Keys Charter School, which provides full-time education to adult inmates and is independently designed and operated by the San Francisco Sheriff's Department,. The program includes community college dual-enrollment programs, vocational training and training in restorative justice. The proven model reverses the 'school to prison pipeline' and reduces recidivism by implementing alternative discipline methods and structuring content that meets the complex learning needs of incarcerated students.

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Pioneer Institute’s 2015 Better Government Competition Awards

Watch Video Highlights & Read the Compendium of Winning Entries from Our 2015 Better Government Awards Gala