Missouri Allocated $10M for Mental Health After Newtown

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn. not only sparked debates about gun control and school security, but also put the spotlight on mental health.

In Missouri, after seeing mental health funding cut by $100 million over the previous five years, Gov. Jay Nixon and lawmakers added $10 million for mental health treatment this past fiscal year.

Local National Alliance on Mental Illness Advocacy Director Jackie Lukitsch says that has provided more help for those who are already in trouble, but has done nothing to keep them from getting there.

“People are at our community mental health centers who can’t get in unless they are in crisis, unless they are committing crimes, or in and out of the hospital,” she said.

Expanding medicaid would fix that problem, according to Lukitsch.

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