Stigma is hindering treatment of opioid addictions. States can change that.

The health care workforce is key to treating patients' opioid use disorders, but experts say stigma toward drug use and treatment among medical professionals remains a barrier to treatment access and positive outcomes.

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Billions in US funding boosts lithium mining, stressing water supplies

The energy transition is driving demand for batteries; funding from the Inflation Reduction Act and other federal programs is helping to fill it.


A California medical group treats only homeless patients—and makes money doing it

Since its launch three years ago, Healthcare in Action has cared for about 6,700 homeless patients and has placed about 300 people into permanent or temporary housing.

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Suicide risk insights: An innovative approach to suicide prevention

Discover how with the right people, processes, and technology in place, new possibilities emerge for a distinctive approach to understanding and predicting risk, paving the way to building healthier communities across the globe.


Gen Z thinks government should solve societal issues. Is it ready to hire them?

The workforce’s youngest generation has a desire to address major problems. This creates a unique opportunity for state and local governments.


How mapping tech is revolutionizing election administration

Few jurisdictions make use of geographic information system mapping, but those that do use it to help connect voters with polling places, manage requests and assets, and tabulate results.

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AI and the power of intelligent voice

COMMENTARY | The new category in artificial intelligence, conversational AI, has governments captivated. Here are some of the ways they are thinking of using AI-powered voice communications.

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Missouri is getting more people to the dentist—for more than a pretty smile

Missouri Medicaid plan just started covering routine dental exams for adults, almost a decade after adding coverage for cleanings. Health experts believe the change will help more people get preventative dental care.


Small towns are paying remote workers to move in

With remote work apparently here to stay, rural communities are trying to attract new residents with everything from cash to potlucks, and farm-fresh eggs.


Major federal bridge grants jump-start long-stalled projects

The Biden administration announced $5 billion to build major bridge replacements, including several grants that were among the largest received by states in their history.


What is generative AI? Most of the public sector workforce doesn’t know

A recent survey found that only about a third understands the technology, and that even fewer use it daily. But a few basic approaches could change that, experts say.


The nation’s 911 system is on the brink of its own emergency

Federal legislation that could steer billions of dollars into modernizing the patchwork 911 system remains waylaid in Congress.

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Unleashing the power of data analytics: Winning the war on fraud in state benefit programs

An industry expert discusses the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the fraud landscape and how to bolster program integrity.


School vouchers were supposed to save taxpayer money. Instead they blew a massive hole in Arizona’s budget.

Arizona, the model for voucher programs across the country, has spent so much money paying private schoolers’ tuition that it’s now facing hundreds of millions in budget cuts to critical state programs and projects.


Can a candidate with ties to Trump break Democrats’ hold on N.C. governorship?

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has attracted controversy with his incendiary remarks, but he also has the backing of Donald Trump in a state the former president seems poised to win.


At two-year mark, federal funding for 988 is running dry. Enter phone fees.

Only 10 states have identified permanent funding for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline in their communities. Experts say a surcharge can help policymakers keep pace with the growing mental health crisis.


If a presidential nominee drops out, what happens to states’ ballots?

Experts say it’s likely the Supreme Court would settle the resulting mess.


Skills-based hiring smashes through ‘paper ceiling’

Multiple states have embraced a movement to drop degree requirements for certain jobs. But the change is not as simple as a stroke of a pen.

Digital Government

States are enacting school cellphone bans. Here’s what that looks like.

Virginia became the latest state to take action against smartphone usage in public schools. The policy approaches differ.


In an era of dam removal, California is building more

Project boosters claim the dams will be the most environmentally focused dams in California’s history, with water earmarked for environmental purposes and minimum flow requirements for the Sacramento River.