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Nixon proposes $10 million for mental health

Nixon proposes $10 million for mental health

February 4th, 2013 by Chris Blank, the Associated Press in News

Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing to spend $10 million to help get mental health care sooner for those who need it.

The funding is included in the state budget released this past week by the governor's office and is part of Nixon's response to recent gun violence. Mental health services have gained attention nationwide after several high-profile shootings, including one at an elementary school in Connecticut.

Nixon said the proposal would help get Missourians timely, effective treatment.

"We must do everything in our power to get folks the treatment they need, before it's too late," Nixon said during his State of the State speech Jan. 28.