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Joe Biden to pledge more funding for mental health

7:48 AM, Dec 10, 2013   |    comments
Vice President Joe Biden signs a book of condolences for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the South African Embassy December 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama departed Washington earlier today to fly to a memorial service for Mandela scheduled to be held tomorrow. Also pictured is South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool (R). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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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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