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Innovations Awards by State

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Alabama

 

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Colorado

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Connecticut

  • 2012 Winner: Oasis Center / Presentation - More than 700,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan currently attend college across America on the GI Bill. These veterans are not typical college students and they often need help adjusting to college life. Some suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Some have obvious physical injuries which impair their learning. Others suffer from less apparent injuries such as hearing loss from blast concussions. They often feel isolated. They typically miss the camaraderie of fellow soldiers. OASIS means Operation Assist Incoming Service Members in Studies. The core of the program is a partnership between the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs and state colleges and universities to provide a place on campuses where veterans who are students can socialize with each other, get counseling, and access an array of other government programs for veterans. OASIS Centers are operating on 11 college campuses in Connecticut, including the University of Connecticut.

 

  • 2007 Winner: Supportive Housing Pilot Program / State News - Connecticut’s Supportive Housing Pilot Program is a collaboration between Community Renewal Team Inc. (a state community action agency), and the State Department of Correction to reduce recidivism and reincarceration rates by offering two years of supportive housing to high risk offenders who have a history of homelessness. The rent-subsidized housing is in the form of apartments throughout Hartford. The support services focus on substance abuse treatment and developing employment skills. More than 40 people have used the program since 2004. After 3 years, their recidivism rate is about half the rate for similar people who were not in the program. Because of this success, program staff is actively recruiting homeless ex-offenders from area shelters.

 

  • 2006 Winner: New Haven Regional Children’s Probate Court / State News - Connecticut’s New Haven Regional Children’s Probate Court combined the child custody and neglect docket of ten probate court districts in the New Haven area into one location as a regional court. The resulting increase in interagency cooperation between the court and the state department of children and families enables judges to make more informed decisions about terminating parental rights, assigning guardianship, and making emergency placements of children into foster care. As part of the consolidation, the state also created Probate Court Officers. These officers have graduate degrees in family therapy or social work. They advise judges about family dynamics in court cases, facilitate case management conferences, and work with parents to maintain or regain custody of their children. Results indicate that since the regional court began operating in 2004, more than half of the children who have been placed in foster care by the regional court have improved their school grades, behaved better in school, and were involved in community activities.

 

 

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Delaware

 

 

 

 

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District of Columbia

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Florida

 

 

 

 

 

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Georgia

 

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Hawaii

 

 

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Idaho

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Illinois

  • 2012 Winner - Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact (Great Lakes Compact) - Interstate compacts are important tools states use to address issues which can’t be handled unilaterally. This year, leaders in the CSG Midwest region departed from tradition and gave an Innovations Award to this interstate and international partnership to protect and manage water resources in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. Compact staff are based in Illinois. Eight states and two Canadian provinces are members of the compact. The compact includes a ban on new diversions of water to areas outside the Basin but limited exceptions could be allowed in communities near the Basin when rigorous standards are met. Wayne State University Law School Professor Noah Hall, a national expert on environmental and water law, praises this compact as “an example of cooperative horizontal federalism, a new style of governing that uses a constitutional mechanism for states to bind themselves to common substantive and procedural environmental protection standards, implemented individually with regional resources and enforcement.”

 

  • 2006 Winner: Mud to Parks / State News / Presentation - Illinois “Mud to Parks” program takes an out-of-place resource – Illinois River sediment – and identifies beneficial uses and locations for this material. The program involves dredging sediment from the river to create deep-water habitats and over-wintering areas for fish and other wildlife and transporting the sediment to places where soil fertility is lacking. One of the first projects involved shipping river sediment to Chicago’s old U.S. Steel South Works facility, a brownfield at the time. Another involved shipping the sediment to Banner Marsh, a state fish and wildlife area south of Pekin, Illinois. That property was a strip mine. More recently, Illinois officials and Louisiana officials have discussed sending Illinois River sediment by barge or pipeline to Louisiana’s coasts to bolster coastal marshes as a barrier against potential storm surges from hurricanes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indiana

 

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Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

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Kansas

  • 2006 Winner: Pharmaceutical Collaborative / State News - This pharmaceutical collaborative uses the state department of corrections contract with a healthcare provider and a pharmaceutical supplier to offer bulk pharmaceutical pricing to state and local government agencies that might not otherwise be able to obtain bulk pricing. To date, the program has provided an estimated cost savings of over 7 million dollars statewide. The average savings for small rural counties is up to six thousand dollars per month, while the average savings for larger metropolitan areas is more than two hundred thousand dollars per month. The pharmacy collaborative has also generated other ideas of cooperative government throughout the state such as health care recruitment cost sharing between counties, cooperative program implementation with local health departments in areas of staffing, pharmacy supplies, housing, and sharing mental health treatment resources.

 

 

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Kentucky

 

 

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Louisiana

 

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Maryland

 

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Massachusetts

 

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Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Minnesota

 

  • 2005 Finalist: MinnesotaHelp.info - This comprehensive online human services database contains more than 30,000 services and resources for providers and consumers of all ages, income levels and abilities.

 

  • 2005 Finalist: Strategic Conservation Agenda - This program uses new approaches for defining and measuring progress toward statewide natural resources results. The program also uses 85 specific indicators and targets to measure results in six performance areas: natural lands, fish and wildlife, waters and watersheds, forests, outdoor recreation and natural resources stewardship education.

 

  • 2004 Winner: Minnesota Advantage Health Plan - A cost-tiered system, this health plan has saved the state and employees millions of dollars while creating new levels of competition and incentives for efficiency in the health care market. The state continues to contract with the same three major health carriers for administration and network services, but there is now a single rate and employee contribution for all three plans.

 

 

  • 2004 Finalist: Negotiations Module - A central system that provides a range of work force information, contract costing tools, and final contract settlement reports directly to management teams before, during and after contract negotiations with labor unions, this program allows for one-click work force information for use in reporting to customers.

 

  • 2004 Finalist: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Initiative - This initiative works to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the state as experienced by American Indians, people of color and other ethnic groups. The program addresses poverty, racism, language differences, cultural differences, environmental conditions and other factors that can be detrimental to the health of minorities.

 

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Montana

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Nebraska

 

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Nevada

 

 

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New Mexico

 

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New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

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North Dakota

 

 

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Ohio

 

 

 

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Oklahoma

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South Carolina

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Tennessee

 

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Texas

 

 

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Utah

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Vermont

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Virginia

 

 

  • 2005 Alternate: Council on Virginia’s Future - Developed to create a new policymaking framework for the 21st century, the program balances continuous improvement of the daily delivery of services to citizens with breakthrough thinking to effect long-term, positive quality-of-life changes.

 

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Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Virginia

 

 

 

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Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wyoming

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