Health & Human Services

Health Department’s Dog Crackdown Brings No Joy to Brewery Taproom

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin’s measles risk … former Little Rock mayor’s unused paid time off … and a Florida county’s understaffed 911 dispatch center.

Health & Human Services

The Coming Care Crisis as Kids With Autism Grow Up

The number of adults with autism diagnoses is soaring, but there aren’t enough programs and services to meet the demand.

Health & Human Services

Foster Parents Have Become Professionals in Some States

The idea of hiring professional foster parents to take care of children is controversial, but is being tested as a solution to the shortage of families in these state systems.

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Achieving Success: Modernizing Complex Health and Human Service Systems

Today, government agencies are facing enormous pressure to modernize their systems and processes. From rising citizen expectations and the evolution of new digital services to modernization legislation, agencies have to change the way they serve constituents. But with legacy technology and monolithic systems that have been in place for decades or more, the path to modernization is not always clear.

Management

Pennsylvania Governor Says Workforce Training ‘Must Break From the Status Quo’

A new audit found that there is a lot of room for improvement with the state’s workforce programs.

Tech & Data

For A Remote Workforce, Technology Builds Agency Culture

COMMENTARY | In a rural state where agency employees are isolated in far flung locales, a digital transformation meant not just efficiency, but "a cultural revolution."

Management

Texas Estimates Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be an Overall Economic Hit

The large geography of the affected region and a significant influx of rebuilding funds helped lessen the disaster’s economic damage to the Lone Star State, according to a new analysis.

Tech & Data

Using Data to Figure Out Where Transit Should Go

Fixed-route bus use, in particular, has seen steep declines in use while ride-sharing continues to grow in popularity, according to a new report.

Public Safety

Supreme Court Restrains States' Power to Seize Property

Eighth Amendment protections from excessive fines are enforceable against the states the court ruled in an Indiana case.

Infrastructure

Ohio Governor Says Raising State’s Gas Tax Is Unavoidable

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | What-if megastorm scenarios for L.A. area ... New Jersey “dirt broker” loopholes … and Orlando autonomous bus shuttles.

Public Safety

FAA Wants to Protect First Responders from Drone Bombs

Under a new ruling, law enforcement officers would be able to identify drones from afar.

Infrastructure

Sewage Case Will Get Airing Before U.S. Supreme Court

The controversy involves questions about when wastewater is subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

Infrastructure

This Rural Priority Won Big in the Federal Spending Bill

Some infrastructure funding was included in the final legislation signed by President Trump last week.

Public Safety

The Gun Violence That’s a Bigger Threat to Kids Than School Shootings

Mass killings on school grounds account for a very small percent of victims, but they capture far more public attention than other shootings.

Management

California Town Launches 'Goat Fund Me' for Fire Prevention

Officials from Nevada City are crowdfunding the rental of a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land.

Infrastructure

States Consider Surge Pricing for Power

Will higher prices at peak times—like after the work day—prompt consumers to change their habits?

Tech & Data

Philly Mayor Deleted Years of Text Messages

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | W.Va. teachers strike … Alaska cold case leads to arrest in Maine using genetic genealogy … and the Cincinnati City Council’s attendance record.

Health & Human Services

Two Crises In One: As Drug Use Rises, So Does Syphilis

Syphilis rates jumped by 73 percent overall and 156 percent for women from 2013 to 2017.

Public Safety

Town Can Prohibit Union's Inflatable Rat Display, Appeals Court Rules

Grand Chute, Wisconsin didn't violate the Constitution when it ordered a union to remove "Scabby the Rat" from a road median.

Health & Human Services

How Urban Agriculture Can Improve Food Security in Cities

Cities could learn lessons from Cuba and Argentina about this kind of farming.