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.

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,…

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!

Helping Children Impacted by Mental Illness

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Mental illness, the theme of our 2016 Better Government Competition,…

Why Mental Health, Why Now?

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There is always a bristled excitement among Pioneer staff and…

2016 Better Government Competition: Improving the Quality & Access to Care for Individuals Living with Mental Illness

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Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition is a citizens’…

2015 Winner: Reducing Recidivism through Education

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Learn about the unique education model of the Five Keys Charter School, which provides full-time education to adult inmates and is independently designed and operated by the San Francisco Sheriff's Department,. The program includes community college dual-enrollment programs, vocational training and training in restorative justice. The proven model reverses the 'school to prison pipeline' and reduces recidivism by implementing alternative discipline methods and structuring content that meets the complex learning needs of incarcerated students.

2015 Runner Up: Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Programs

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Discover a specialized delivery model for high school curriculum developed for at-risk youths interested in a law enforcement career. The LA Magnet Schools provides a better understanding of law enforcement through coursework, training, mentoring, work and volunteer opportunities and also provides the Los Angeles Police Department with a high quality recruiting resource while establishing a bond between juveniles and their local police.

2015 Runner Up: Paying for Success in Community Corrections

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Read about this original approach to community corrections that directly builds the performance goal of recidivism reduction into contracts with privately operated halfway houses, providing financial incentives for recidivism reduction and penalties for increases in recidivism. The use of contractual recidivism performance targets helps to reduce recidivism by making community corrections facilities more accountable for public safety outcomes.

2015 Runner Up: Employing Intelligence-Driven Prosecution to Improve Crime Prevention

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Learn about an innovative partnership model that helps reduce and prevent crime by improving the timely and accurate sharing of criminal intelligence throughout the District Attorney's Office and among all law enforcement agencies. This unique approach to information-sharing allows for effective use of the vast amounts of data on crime patterns gleaned from thousands of cases each year and helps identify entrenched crime hotspots to design proactive investigation and prosecution strategies to address them.