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Malloy Proposes Fixing Conn. Mental Health Issues

A U.S. flag, second from left, flies at half-staff honoring the victims that died a day earlier when a gunman opened fire at an elementary school, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Newtown, Conn.  The massacre of 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, would have been driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)HARTFROD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has unveiled state budget proposals he says are intended to fix mental health issues that were not addressed in initiatives launched after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary school in December 2012, killing 20 first-graders and six educators.

Malloy’s budget includes $250,000 to promote a stigma-free environment that would make it easier for people suffering from mental illness to seek treatment without being ashamed.

The budget dedicated $5 million, when fully annualized, to improve mental health services for the poor, including young people with serious mental illness.

The budget also provides $2.2 million in new funding to support subsidized housing for 110 people with mental illness.

Malloy is also proposing a legislative change to require all police officers in Connecticut to receive training regarding responding to situations involving people with mental illnesses.

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