by David Jackson
Vice President Biden on Tuesday will announce a $100 million plan to improve mental health services, as the one-year anniversary of the Connecticut elementary school shooting approaches.
Biden will make the announcement at a meeting with families who lost loved ones during the Dec. 14 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The $100 million will be made available “to increase access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities as part of the Administration’s ongoing commitment to help individuals experiencing mental health problems,” said a statement from the White House.
Half of the money will come through the new health care law to help community centers provide more mental health services. The other $50 million, via the Department of Agriculture, will help finance rural mental health facilities.