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 other proposals receive special recognition.

Our submission period has ended. But you can still join our mission to improve care for those with mental illness by attending our awards gala on June 20th to honor the top proposals from across the country. 


The 2016 competition seeks ideas to improve quality and access to care for individuals living with mental illness through innovative approaches to insurance, health care, human services and partnerships between government agencies and mental health care providers.

Competitive proposals will cite examples of similar approaches that are currently in place; discuss the costs and benefits of your approach compared to current practice; and note potential obstacles to implementation. Submissions could also address the potential for replication in Massachusetts, but this is not required.

Download the 2016 BGC Guidelines and submit your entry. Sign up for updates about the Better Government Competition:



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