Biden Pledging Mental Health Funding 12/10 07:22
Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the
first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for
mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting
The White House says $100 million will become available to increase access
and quality of mental health services. Biden will announce the funds Tuesday
when he meets with relatives of Newtown victims at the White House.
The Obama administration will offer $50 million through the Affordable Care
Act to help community health centers hire providers and add services for mental
illness and addiction. The government aims to provide another $50 million in
financing to help rural mental health facilities.
The Obama administration has made mental health a focus of efforts to reduce
gun violence. Gun control legislation stalled in Congress after the Newtown
shooting one year ago Saturday.