Entries by Editorial Staff

Family Caregiving & the Promise of Technology

Guest post by Ben Margolin When older Americans require around-the-clock care, yet want to remain in their homes, their families often end up as caregivers. There are significant financial barriers to ensuring that older adults adhere to their medication schedule and have access to the right doctors and specialists, all while feeling safe in their […]

Announcing Pioneer Institute’s 2017 Better Government Competition Topic: “Aging in America”

Each year, the Competition focuses on one of the country’s biggest challenges. For 2017, Pioneer Institute seeks novel ideas to establish effective care and sustainable support systems for the elderly, and to better leverage the social capital of our aging population. We aim to identify and promote those ideas which can ensure a better future […]

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. […]

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 […]