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Read About Pioneer Institute's 2016 Better Government Awards Gala

Honoring the winners of our Better Government Competition - proposals from across America to improve care for individuals living with mental illness
Virtual Therapy Environments: leveraging new technologies to treat wounded warriors

Virtual Therapy Environments: leveraging new technologies to treat wounded warriors

  The policy proposal discussed in this article, from Dr. Charles Levy, was a finalist in Pioneer’s 2016 Better Government Competition. Over the last fifteen years, the U.S. has coordinated an enormous mobilization of U.S. military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan—over 1.5 million members of the service have been deployed to these countries since 2001. … Continued

A Step Forward in the Battle Against Opioid Abuse

A Step Forward in the Battle Against Opioid Abuse

Through its working group to address the Commonwealth’s opioid crisis, the Baker-Polito administration established three core competencies for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse. One of the actionable items was a recommendation that all Massachusetts-based medical schools train…

2016 Special Recognition: Homeless Intervention Programming

2016 Special Recognition: Homeless Intervention Programming

The policy proposal discussed in this blog, from Drs. Dennis Culhane and Thomas Byrne, received Special Recognition in Pioneer’s 2016 Better Government Competition. The popular image of homelessness in our country is an older man, saddled with bags, begging for change on…

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…

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…

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 more to ensure that those who live with it receive better treatment. Preventive mental health … Continued

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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

Virtual Therapy Environments: leveraging new technologies to treat wounded warriors

Virtual Therapy Environments: leveraging new technologies to treat wounded warriors

  The policy proposal discussed in this article, from Dr. Charles Levy, was a finalist in Pioneer’s 2016 Better Government Competition. Over the last fifteen years, the U.S. has coordinated an enormous mobilization of U.S. military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan—over 1.5 million members of the service have been deployed to these countries since 2001. … Continued

A Step Forward in the Battle Against Opioid Abuse

A Step Forward in the Battle Against Opioid Abuse

Through its working group to address the Commonwealth’s opioid crisis, the Baker-Polito administration established three core competencies for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse. One of the actionable items was a recommendation that all Massachusetts-based medical schools train their students to identify patients who present with co-occurring psychiatric disorders. The training also helps … Continued

2016 Special Recognition: Homeless Intervention Programming

2016 Special Recognition: Homeless Intervention Programming

The policy proposal discussed in this blog, from Drs. Dennis Culhane and Thomas Byrne, received Special Recognition in Pioneer’s 2016 Better Government Competition. The popular image of homelessness in our country is an older man, saddled with bags, begging for change on a city street. He has been there for months or years, and perhaps suffers from … Continued