States Rethink Cuts In Mental Health Funding

DES MOINES, Iowa (January 23, 2013)--Dozens of states slashed spending on mental health care over the last four years, either because of the recession and shrinking revenues or a zeal to shrink government, but the trend may be reversing course after last year's shooting rampages by two mentally disturbed gunmen.

The reversal is especially jarring in statehouses dominated by conservative Republicans, who aggressively cut welfare programs, but now find themselves caught in a crosscurrent of pressures involving gun control, public safety and health care for millions of disadvantaged Americans.

Shelley Chandler, executive director of the Iowa Alliance of Community Providers, said lawmakers in some states have begun to recognize that their cuts "may have gone too deep."

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