Lawmakers Urge White House To Preserve Mental Health Funding.

CQ (1/9, Attias, Subscription Publication) reports that Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) “are gathering signatures on a letter that calls on the Obama administration to preserve mental health funding in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal.” In their letter to Jeffrey Zients of the Office of Management and Budget, the lawmakers wrote in wake of the Newtown, CT school shootings, “Those tragedies illustrate one clear fact: America is facing a mental health crisis that we can no longer ignore.” The letter, which had gained the signatures of 34 legislators as of midday Tuesday, also “presses for programs focused on prevention and detection, as well as access to treatment services for mental health and substance abuse issues.”

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