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A first step in addressing the mental health aspect of mass shootings

When the omnibus spending bill was signed into law by the president, most of the attention was – quite understandably – on the big-ticket items: defense, border security, health care and the like.

But included in that budget was a $15 million gem that is an important positive step for those of us working to reduce the incidence of gun-related violence.

The legislation included $15 million for Mental Health First Aid training – a program I have been calling for since I took office more than 1½ years ago.

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