New $10M Mental Health Plan Unveilled

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his $10 million mental health project plan.

Members of his cabinet and representatives from law enforcement joined Brownback for the announcement inside the statehouse on Tuesday.

Brownback explained the program is intended to integrate the state's law enforcement, corrections, and family welfare agencies to help people who suffer from mental illness in low income communities.

When asked if programs like this will help prevent shootings like the recent one that occurred in Santa Barbara, California, where the shooter reportedly suffered mental issues from a young age, Brownback responded that reaching those kids was exactly what the program was aiming at.

He said the money comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds approved in the final days of the legislature.