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Maricopa County wins 34 national awards

Maricopa County wins 34 national awards for performance, innovation;
MCDOT project manual named best in nation

Programs that streamlined regulatory processes, developed greater stakeholder outreach and engagement and implemented a comprehensive electronic medical records system at the jail were among 34 Maricopa County projects that earned 2014 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), the most in the nation. Of the 3069 U.S. county governments, only San Diego County CA captured as many awards in the competition. Other top counties included San Bernadino CA with 31, Henrico VA with 26 and Montgomery County MD with 24 achievement awards.

The winners were honored today by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

“I am very proud of the county’s strong showing in capturing 34 National Association of Counties Awards for 2014 -- the most in the nation,” said Supervisor and Board Chairman Denny Barney. “As criminal justice is such a large percentage of our budget, I was particularly impressed with the innovation shown by our courts, adult probation and law enforcement.”

The county Department of Transportation won a “Best in Category” award, describing the most outstanding transportation innovation of the year. MCDOT developed a policy manual for developing, designing and completing construction projects that outlines an efficient, understandable process that stresses quality control and effective use of public dollars. The policy manual was one of six NACo awards garnered by MCDOT. “These awards recognize the outstanding effort, insight and bottom-line results of MCDOT employees,” MCDOT Director John Hauskins said. Among this year’s individual NACo winners:

  • Cradles to Crayons Child Welfare Centers. An integrated service delivery program run by the Superior Court to assist infants, young children and their families in cases of substance abuse, domestic abuse, mental illness resulting child maltreatment and neglect. The program is designed to assist parents and reduce dependency cases overall, as well as establishing permanency decisions for children up to three years old.
  • Enhanced Regulatory Outreach Program. A year in the making, the program provides an accessible online platform by which stakeholders, businesses and residents can engage, review, comment and participate more successfully in the rulemaking and ordinance adoption process at various stages. Stakeholder input is collected and presented to county boards, commissions and staff prior to policymaking action. Some 10,140 stakeholders now subscribe to EROP.
  • Electronic Health Record System at Correctional Health Services. A key element in the management progress at CHS, the HER program transformed CHS from paper-based records to electronic health records, thus enhancing business, clinical operations and patient care. Medical and pharmaceutical records are available much sooner and more securely throughout the system.
  • Veterans Resource Portal Website. Provides a consolidated central resource of information for veterans and their families on programs, services, and resources in a one-stop visual presentation. Resources from federal, state, county and city governments and community agencies offer information on housing, employment, education, wellness and other services.
  • Read to Succeed. Offered by the Guadalupe Branch Library to help improve academic achievement of at-risk first grade students in Guadalupe through instruction and tutoring sessions.
  • MCDOT Traffic Management Center. MCDOT expanded its traffic management center to improve real-time traffic management and operations, sharing information with media and first responders and includes integration with traffic signals and traveler messaging.

View all 34 NACo awards to Maricopa County along with employee winners.


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