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Veep Pledges $100 Million Toward Mental Health

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) leads a meeting on extending access to mental health care at the White House with (L-R) are Katy Sherlach (L), Georgetown Graduate student, Bill Sherlach (2nd L), founder of Mary's Fund and Newtown victim family member, and Jeremy Richman, founder and CEO of Avielle Foundation and Newtown victim family member, December 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. During the meeting Biden announced that an additional $100 million will be made available to bolster access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities across the nation. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 10: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) leads a meeting on extending access to mental health care at the White House with (L-R) are Katy Sherlach (L), Georgetown Graduate student, Bill Sherlach (2nd L), founder of Mary’s Fund and Newtown victim family member, and Jeremy Richman, founder and CEO of Avielle Foundation and Newtown victim family member, December 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. During the meeting Biden announced that an additional $100 million will be made available to bolster access to mental health services and improve mental health facilities across the nation. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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By JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press

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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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