Mental health boost in Obama 2014 budget

April 10, 2013 2:45:10 PM PDT
For years, mental health advocates have asked for more federal funding.

And under the president's proposed budget for 2014, they'll get it.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school tragedy, the president wants a $130-million initiative to expand mental health services.

$55 million of that would help school districts identify students with mental health problems, and make sure they get care.

There would also be another $30 million to track and prevent gun violence

The Food & Drug Administration would get an additional 821 million dollars to boost food and imported drug safety.

However, Medicare would be cut $400 Billion over 10 years by enacting reforms to increase efficiency. Those costs are said to be covered by the new healthcare law.

The budget does include $31 billion for the National Institutes of Health, and fulfills a government promise to increase research into Alzheimer's disease.