Health & Human Services

A Model for Decriminalizing Mental Illness in America

America’s jails are filled with people suffering from severe psychological problems. But largely thanks to one judge, Miami found ways to keep the mentally ill out of incarceration and in treatment.

Exploring the Future of Medicaid on Its 50th Anniversary

As the nation's largest health insurer turns 50 this month, a leading Medicaid expert tells us about the program's biggest challenges and how to overcome them.

Can You Change Negative Perceptions About Government Aid?

Many people think the work of human services agencies creates dependency and exacerbates poverty. But there’s a new effort to recast them in a more favorable light.

Obama Tries to End the Cycle of Broken Poverty Promises

Pouring federal aid into poor communities hasn’t accomplished much in the past. But the Obama administration insists its Promise Zones program will be different.

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