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1 Year After Newtown School Shooting, Biden To Boost Mental Health Services

Relatives Of Victims To Be At White House For Announcement
FILE - Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

FILE – Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) – As the anniversary of the Newtown school shooting approaches, Vice President Joe Biden will announce increased federal funding for mental health services.

Relatives of the victims will be at the White House for the announcement Tuesday.

The White House said $100 million will become available to increase access and quality of mental health services.

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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