What are state governments doing to prevent a repeat of a public health crisis like the one that’s hobbled Scott County, Indiana?
In his State of the State Address, the New Jersey governor laid out plans to address drug abuse and the ongoing opioid epidemic.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors released its annual Hunger and Homelessness Survey, examining the challenges that cities continue to grapple with.
And they're using paid “safe days” to do it.
“We knew that the status quo would possibly provide a costly, unsatisfactory project that failed everyone,” says the secretary of the California Government Operations Agency.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration announced the measure on Tuesday. It will target winners of $5,000 or more in one month.
Cities need to support their empathetic frontline city employees who are dealing with a complex problem that “attacks the very core” of what brought them into public service.
A potluck social is a great way to humanize behavioral health workers and begin connecting people to the programs and services they need.
State foster care systems are being overwhelmed by a surge in the number of neglected, abandoned or abused children—stemming largely from drug-addicted parents.
In Louisiana, a lack of governmental assistance has left many without childcare options.
Some see a promising way to keep kids safe from abuse and neglect using big data. But worries persist about bias against poor and minority families.
The need to remove hypodermic needles, clean up human waste and haul away trash add to budgetary difficulties in Oregon's second-largest city.
Changes reflect a growing consensus that helping people when they are released from prison can increase the chances that they don’t end up going back.
Many government agencies shy away from mobile apps, but the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency recognized that’s just what it needed.
California just became the seventh state to repeal a controversial welfare policy that caps aid for parents who have more children while on public assistance.
Across from the gleaming California State Capitol, Debbie Bartley ekes by on donations.
While the state averted a government shutdown last month, it isn't escaping the impacts of the recent flash flooding.
Being a smart city means far more than just catering to economically-advantaged tech-savvy individuals. It’s also about effective use of technology to bridge divides in local communities.
Oregon, one of the whitest states in the union, also has one of the most generous safety nets. Is that a coincidence or something more troubling?
Predictive analytics, behavioral economics and collective intelligence are key, per a new report.
STEP participants receive paid job experience and career coaching in the process.
Alabama’s New Food Stamp Work Rules; Multiple Agencies Blamed for Fatal D.C. Metrorail Smoke Incident
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: North Dakota budget to undergo historic budget downsizing; Tennessee concealed carry on public colleges; and Los Angeles eyes key river real estate.
24 city and county officials from across the country met to address the local impacts of the nation’s growing substance abuse crisis.
Public libraries have long been havens for people with nowhere else to go. Now, a growing number of library systems are adding services for patrons who are homeless, hungry, or suffering from drug addiction or mental illness.
Ky. State Official’s Firing Follows Warning of Potential Violence; Buying One-Way Bus Tickets for Homeless
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A special budget session in North Dakota; Minneapolis’ municipal drinking water taproom; a stolen flying saucer in New Mexico found.
A widely admired county-prison system might be in peril after the leader who reformed it retires.
“This has been the most significant change in forensics and dealing with these cases that our folks have seen ever,” Jim Cole, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, says.
Leaders focus on nutrition and two-generation approaches to helping children growing up in poverty.
Better education, they say, is the critical element needed to improve lives in impoverished areas.
Pay-for-success projects, which rely on outside investors—rather than taxpayers—to provide working capital to nonprofit service providers, are trying to tackle thorny social problems.
Initial topics include child welfare and managed care.
“Mayors must own this,” says the director of the Justice Department’s Community-Oriented Policing Services Office.
More than 500,000 people could lose food stamps in 22 states reinstating work requirements. Few states have employment programs ready to help them get back on their feet.