Colorado Gov Pitches Plan To Mend Mental Health Safety Net

In a grim coincidence, just days after the mass killing in Newtown, Conn., Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is proposing an $18.5 million plan to strengthen the state’s mental health system. The proposal is the result of five months of work by a group of advisors convened by Hickenlooper in the wake of a mass shooting in July at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater that left 12 dead.

The governor’s announcement had been set well before Friday’s massacre. “We really have a duty after tragedies to look at what we do, how we act, and how we help each other,” Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said. “How do we increase the probability that we can keep those who are suffering from some sort of mental illness from being a danger to themselves and to others?”

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Source: Kaiser Health News