Entries by Editorial Staff

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 […]

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 promising reform initiatives – and submit your own idea!

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 of “Improving Mental Health” was chosen, the importance resonated immediately. It may be more relevant […]

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 […]

Inmate Vocational Training, Improved Re-entry Programs and Officer Magnet School Win 2015 Better Government Competition

Top Criminal Justice Reform Proposals To Be Highlighted at June Awards Gala Featuring Mass. Governor Charles Baker and Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis BOSTON – Pioneer Institute’s 24th annual Better Government Competition received over 150 entries from non-profits and community groups, law enforcement agencies, and policymakers across the U.S. on the topic, “Improving Public […]

2015 Better Government Competition Awards Gala Featuring Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis & Mass. Governor Charlie Baker

Former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to Keynote 2015 Better Government Awards Gala 35-Year Law Enforcement Veteran to Address Criminal Justice Reform and Public Safety; Massachusetts Governor to Provide Welcome Remarks at June 24th Awards Dinner Edward F. Davis, security consultant and former Boston police commissioner, will deliver the keynote address, and Massachusetts Governor Charles […]

Enter the 2015 Better Government Competition: “Improving Public Safety and Controlling Costs in America’s Criminal Justice System”

For 2015, Pioneer Institute seeks innovative ideas to reform America’s troubled criminal justice system by reexamining policies that have driven mass incarceration and resulted in significant fiscal and human costs. Competitive proposals will include creative approaches to reducing the state and federal prison population, reducing recidivism, and addressing racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Congratulations to Rich Bowlen of Northwoods, Winner of the 23rd Annual Better Government Competition

Pioneer Institute Hosts 23rd Annual Better Government Competition Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Delivered Keynote at Awards Ceremony  Pioneer Institute recognized the winner and runners-up of its annual Better Government Competition at an awards dinner on Thursday, featuring a Keynote Address by Martin J. Walsh, Mayor of Boston.               “Compass® CoPilot,” a proposal to […]