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Patrick seeks $5m boost in mental health spending

Aims to reduce gun violence by focusing on mental health programs

Governor Deval Patrick today proposed a $5 million increase in mental health spending as a means to reduce gun violence, a proposal that springs from a series of mass shootings where the suspects are believed to have been mentally ill, including last month’s massacre in a Connecticut elementary school.

“In the wake of too many tragedies, I have filed legislation to tackle the problem of gun violence and illegal firearm possession,’’ Patrick said in a statement. “Today, we do so again along with an important investment in mental health programs. Mental illness is a disease that can be treated, and our communities are safer when the appropriate services and supports are available for people in need.’’

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