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Increased naloxone distribution counteracts rising fentanyl and counterfeit pill deaths, saves lives

Arizona has seen an alarming rise of fentanyl and counterfeit pill deaths; in 2021, 96% of opioid deaths involved prescription or synthetic drugs. Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, has been proven to save lives.  

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), the state’s Medicaid agency, used problem-solving techniques to...

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Dramatically accelerating hazardous waste site cleanups

For the first 26 years of the Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund—a state-level version of the federal Superfund program that identifies and mitigates groundwater contamination—dozens of sites were identified as hazardous, but not a single one was remediated and delisted.

The sites, often old drycleaners that hadn’t properly managed their...

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Inspiring the next generation of state leaders

A novel leadership program for state of Arizona employees launched in July and will host its second cohort in October. The State of Arizona Leaders Connect program hosted 25 people representing 21 agencies at the Flinn Foundation on July 14-15 for a series of master classes, networking and insight for what it takes to be an executive leader in...

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A drastic decrease in the number of children in foster care


The rate of children in foster care in Arizona is the lowest it’s been in a decade, and critical services such as hold times for the child abuse hotline (1-888-SOS-CHILD) have also been improved thanks to the committment of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, partner agencies, foster parents and community groups to improving the well-being...