1 year after Newtown, Biden to boost mental health

1 year after Newtown, Biden to boost mental health

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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 20: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) stands with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor after taking the oath of office during the official swearing-in ceremony at the Naval Observatory on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden and U.S. President Barack Obama will be officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in. (Photo by Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images)

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by JOSH LEDERMAN / Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 6:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

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.

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