Counties Are Key to Solving Our Nation’s Mental Health Crisis

COMMENTARY | A third of people with serious mental illness didn’t receive treatment in the past year. Local leaders are on the front lines of building the continuum of care these citizens lack.

Federal Infrastructure Funding is Good, but Local Governments Want Flexibility Too

Accessing federal funds for infrastructure projects is much too difficult, county leaders say. With reauthorization of the FAST Act on the table, they want a bigger say in how money can be spent.

County-Based Solutions for the Opioid Crisis in Appalachia

New research from the National Association of Counties aims to provide local government officials with tools to combat the opioid crisis in Appalachia.

Composting, Clean-Ups and Comprehensive Planning to Combat Litter

Prince George's County, Maryland, has struggled for years with litter. Officials have launched a multi-year, multi-pronged effort to tackle it.

Protecting Health Care Workers from Violence at Work

Legislation introduced in Congress is aimed at preventing violence against health workers, sometimes by their patients, while another bill would create a peer-support program for paramedics and other first responders.

Western Communities Try to Chart New Economic Paths as Coal Declines

“We decided that a win is growing basically one job at a time,” says one economic development official.

As ‘Raise the Age’ Plan Passes, Counties Worry About Costs

Michigan passed legislation this week that would make the state the latest to raise the age of adulthood in the criminal justice system from 17 to 18.

Why a County Eliminated Degree Requirements for 82 Types of Jobs

The change will affect the hiring criteria for jobs ranging from budget analysts to parks managers.

A State Considers How to Help Local Governments Pay for Expensive Murder Trials

A bill in the Ohio legislature would allow counties to ask for state financial support for large capital murder cases.

The Poop Problem Plaguing One of America’s Wealthiest Cities

“People should have places to go to the bathroom when they need to, and in San Francisco they don't,” says a supervisor there looking to tackle this and other issues tied to street cleanliness.

Civic Crowdfunding Reduces the Risk of Bike Lane Opposition

COMMENTARY | This collective fundraising technique helps defuse anti-cyclist sentiment before it dooms protected bike lanes and other new infrastructure.

Unpaid Court Fines, Fees Can Get Your Water Shut Off

Critics say it unfairly punishes the poor when local governments or states withhold utilities or other services for unpaid fines and fees. But officials counter that can be necessary to make sure that people pay their bills.

The Census Kicks Off in Exactly One Year: How to Ensure an Accurate Count

COMMENTARY | Local and state governments should take steps now so that next year's count reflects everybody in a region.

How a School District Did Away with Snow Days

In Anderson, South Carolina, school officials traded inclement weather closures for remote learning.

A Health Department Tackles Recidivism

Two community health workers from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are working to link high-need defendants with community services.

How a Library Embraced New Technology and Helped Build a Prosthetic Hand

The public library in a small Texas town used an assessment tool that helped officials eventually upgrade equipment—including buying a 3D printer. One community member used it to make a prosthesis.

Cities And Counties Unlikely To Heed FDA Warning On Importing Foreign Drugs

The localities use CanaRx to connect their workers with pharmacies in Canada and other places to fill prescriptions.