Biden to meet with Newtown families, announce mental health funds
December 10th, 2013
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Biden to meet with Newtown families, announce mental health funds

Washington (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden, an administration point man on reducing gun violence, will meet with families who lost loves ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre on Tuesday as the one-year anniversary of the shooting approaches.

Biden, who spearheaded an effort in the aftermath of the tragedy to find ways of stopping mass shootings, will discuss new funding for mental health services with the Newtown, Connecticut, families, who have publicly asked for privacy as the December 14 anniversary approaches.

Mental health advocates will also join the meeting, according to a White House official. The $100 million in new money is a part of recently announced Obama administration mental health push that also placed new rules on how insurance companies cover mental illnesses.

In November, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her department would begin enforcing the 2008 Mental Health Parity Act, which included the guidelines that insurers treat mental illnesses the same as physical ailments.

Greater attention to mental illness was one of the focuses of Biden's task force, which proposed ways of stemming gun violence. While the President and Biden announced 23 executive actions designed to curb shootings, legislative action failed on Capitol Hill, despite early indications of support.

In particular, a bill that would have required universal background checks on gun sales failed to garner enough support in the Senate. That measure was considered the most likely potential law to gain backing by senators of both parties. Other proposed measures, such as a ban on assault weapons, gained even less support.


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  1. RayJacksonMs

    Nothing but part of the money that pig Reagan stole from mental health care being returned.

    December 10, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  2. fire.camp

    ...d'ya think that'll be enough to help congress?.................................

    December 10, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  3. ron

    Thats a start!

    December 10, 2013 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  4. zach

    How about they take half that money and place it in military funding to help the wounded warriors with PTSD that really need help aswell? Where's their aid?

    December 10, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  5. no changes here

    so what if 100 million or 100 billion
    mental health itself is so corrupt with the pharma and industry, that this is just another way to line their coperate coffers

    no one will get 'helped'
    only medicated into side-effect driven earlier deaths from the faulty meds (in terms of health to the patient not to the coffers of the pharma & co. empire)

    everyone knows this is the way that it is

    the game plays on

    December 10, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  6. SixDegrees

    Wow. $100 million.

    That's almost enough to build a third of a website.

    December 10, 2013 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  7. PaulG

    What, biden not to mention more failed gun control initiatives American doesn't want...between him and nanny state bloomburg I can't tell which one is more ridiculous.

    December 10, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  8. thedeadlockvictim

    The headline for this article on the homepage was "Biden: $100M for mental health", and I thought "That's all? He's going to need more than that!"

    December 10, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  9. humtake

    Yep...just implement more programs that spends money we don't have. Sounds like Biden.

    December 10, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  10. Anonymous

    To little and way to late. A 30 year epidemic has been brewing.
    There are two kinds of mental illness predisposition/genetically prone and or environmental. The latter being easier to treat and control.

    We have a couple 2-3 generations now so strung out on dope, no jobs for them. And very ignorant. Barely getting out of junior high some with high school who are just as clueless. And even a good many coming out of college who are not prepared emotionally.

    Stressed out over the mundane but never the less stressed.
    Wake me up people when you want to really talk seriously about mental illness in America. Other then that good luck, cause you'll need it.

    December 10, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  11. Harry Cline

    To little and way to late. A 30 year epidemic has been brewing.
    There are two kinds of mental illness predisposition/genetically prone and or environmental. The latter being easier to treat and control.

    We have a couple 2-3 generations now so strung out on dope, no jobs for them. And very ignorant. Barely getting out of junior high some with high school who are just as clueless. And even a good many coming out of college who are not prepared emotionally.

    Stressed out over the mundane but never the less stressed.
    Wake me up people when you want to really talk seriously about mental illness in America. Other then that good luck, cause you'll need it.

    December 10, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  12. G_Edwards

    "legislative action failed on Capitol Hill, despite early indications of support.

    In particular, a bill that would have required universal background checks on gun sales failed to garner enough support in the Senate. "

    Wow. The legislative action that was specific to mental health PASSED!

    .

    December 10, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  13. carlin123

    Start with Congress.

    December 10, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  14. Twanya

    Mental health deserves the same attention as dental health, heart health, sexual health and other areas of health as addressed in our communities. and our schools. It has been neglected in the past .

    December 10, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  15. smith

    Now, almost a year since Sandy Hook the White House is finally doing something that might help the situation. Mental illness, drugs, and alcohol abuse are the root causes of the violence we face on a daily basis. This is a step in the right direction. I praise the White House for the cease of the pointless and meaningless fight on firearms and the 2nd Amend.

    December 10, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  16. current state of the union

    Why don't you just tell them like it is, money is more important than all the children slaughtered, money is why there will never be change, pure and simple greed has our country the laughing stock of the world, when you read books about how wealth is being saturated at the top, this town, a great example, really takes the wind out of your sails for either party. God help us, its our only chance, this nation is not what it was, and never will BD again, very sad

    December 10, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  17. Bryan

    We are going to need to spend more than that to make him right

    December 10, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. Walter

    Yet another thing to add to the 1,385,208 things that will be paid for by taxing the rich....or putting us even deeper in debt.

    December 10, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The underlying problem still remains to be people who shouldn't have guns getting access to them.

    December 10, 2013 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    I say make gun owners more accountable for their own weapons. The mother's actions were totally reckless, yet within the law.

    December 10, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  21. Robert Marshall

    There are no mental health issues here. Adam was abused. His mother was a gun nut who threw
    her husband out and tried to replace him with her son. She no outside interests, and she took
    Adam out of school so they could spend more time alone. Obviously Adam targeted women in
    his shootings. I feel sorry over the kids, but his mother got what she deserved.

    I had a similar situation. My mother threw my father out and cooed about how much fun it
    was going to be to be alone together. Thank God the state stepped in and took away custody.
    Living alone with a mother like that is child abuse.

    December 10, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  22. MaryM

    There are more guns in America than people so you know a lot of crazy people have guns. Until the majority of Americans and legislators decide they love their children more then their guns, this gun violence will continue. Americans just don't care until their loved one is killed with a gun and then it is too late .

    December 10, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Yes, we need to address mental health issues. But, the problem is not the ease with which troubled individuals can access guns, but the fact that it is far too easy for anyone to obtain a weapon, including those who should not be in possession of one.

    They keep saying that guns don't kill, people do. Yet, the right wing doesn't want to do anything about the segment of people who shouldn't be able to obtain a firearm. The right wants to make it as easy as possible for everybody: everybody from minors to mental patients to foreign born terrorists. "Come one, came all. We have guns for all." Anyone who thinks like that should be the one getting treatment for mental problems.

    December 10, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  24. Chaos

    There will be conservative opposition to this despite their argument that lack of mental health treatment is behind the rampage shootings.

    December 10, 2013 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. pcsmith71

    I thought he was spending it for his own mental health...article means nothing now.

    December 10, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |