What does $100 million buy in mental health care across the country? Turns out, not much.
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Timed with the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings, the White House this week announced $100 million for mental health programs.
The announcement came on the same day Vice President Biden met with the families of victims from the Sandy Hook shooting. And while many applauded the monetary commitment, a closer look shows that the federal funds pale in comparison to what the states have been committing over the past year — and may do little to reverse decades of neglect.
Texas alone is committing more than twice the federal amount, having boosted its mental health funding by $259 million – the largest increase in state history.