Biden Pledges Mental Health Services Funding To Combat Gun Violence

Mental illness in children: Where to turn

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Comment Win McNamee/Getty Images Vice President Joe Biden, pictured signing a condolence book for Nelson Mandela, is scheduled to meet Tuesday with familes of Newtown victims. Related Stories Pyro-Mania: Fireworks Fans Hold Explosive Meeting Vice President Joe Biden is pledging more funding for mental health as the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting approaches. 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. RELATED: CHILLING BOOK EXCERPTS DETAIL NEWTOWN MASSACRE 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.
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Year after Newtown shootings, need for mental health care ‘even more evident’

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The nonprofit’s website also provides a state-by-state directory of local support groups. NAMI offers an information hotline for general information, referrals and support: 1-800-950-6264. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on weekdays. The Autism Society’s approach is to focus on each individual child’s needs.
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Mental health court bills nearing Snyder’s desk

“The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable,” he said in a statement. President Barack Obama has said the worst day of his presidency was December 14, 2012, the day a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the school before turning a gun on himself. The motive for the shooting is unknown. In a report released last month, state investigators said the 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, acted alone, using guns legally purchased by his mother, whom he shot dead before driving to the school. Lanza had attended the school.
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Malloy said recently that the need for improved mental health services has become even more evident after the Newtown tragedy. But John Woodall, a veteran psychiatrist and former Harvard Medical School faculty member who lives in Newtown, sees the states increased focus on those with mental health problems and the potential that they might have for gun violence differently. Woodall is director of the Unity Project, a nonprofit he founded that is focused on helping children recover from trauma. He said Connecticuts focus on individuals with mental health problems in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings is a precarious position for us to be in as a state, focusing on the most vulnerable. The first thing we should be focusing on is providing them with adequate care, he said. Theres no question that there are people who are mentally ill that perpetrate violence, like Adam Lanza, but most people who commit violence with guns have no mental health problems at all. To place much of the burden on the mentally ill is to deny or avoid a complex issue. There are roughly 30,000 guns deaths a year in the United States 19,000 were suicides, 11,000 were homicides, Woodall said, citing 2010 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Biden announces mental health push on eve of Newtown anniversary

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden waves to the crowd as he leaves after delivering his speech at Yonsei University in Seoul December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

“The fact that less than half of children and adults with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need is unacceptable,” he said in a statement. Related: Newtown’s year: Horror, grief and tough choices President Barack Obama has said the worst day of his presidency was December 14, 2012, the day a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the school before turning a gun on himself. The motive for the shooting is unknown. In a report released last month, state investigators said the 20-year-old gunman, Adam Lanza, acted alone, using guns legally purchased by his mother, whom he shot dead before driving to the school. Lanza had attended the school. Families of the victims and residents of Newtown, a suburban community about 70 miles northeast of New York City, have asked for privacy as the Saturday anniversary of the mass shooting nears. On Saturday, the president and first lady Michelle Obama will observe a moment of silence at the White House in honor of the victims, a White House official said.
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Mental health push on eve of Newtown anniversary

11, 2013, 12:07 p.m. EST AP LANSING, Mich. (AP) Legislation to create special courts under Michigan law that serve people with mental illnesses is nearing Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. The Senate unanimously approved the bills Wednesday, and the House is expected to concur before adjourning for the year.
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