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

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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.
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2016 Runner Up: Text Message Crisis Counseling

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A text messaging service that connects teens and young adults in crisis to trained counselors and resources.
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2016 Runner Up: Psychosis Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Program

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An early detection, intervention and prevention model for at-risk youth that identifies and mitigates symptoms of psychosis through community outreach, assessment, and treatment.
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Expanding community health center options to improve access for low-income communities

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Mental illness, the theme of our 2016 Better Government Competition,…
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Helping Those with Mental Illness Find Treatment, Not Incarceration

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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!
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Helping Children Impacted by Mental Illness

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Mental illness, the theme of our 2016 Better Government Competition,…
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Prison as a “Parallel Universe”: Incentives for Inmates

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If inmates’ conditions of confinement are completely predetermined,…