The mental-health community has begun a major lobbying effort for federal action in response to last Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Major advocacy groups are already meeting with Capitol Hill offices and formulating an agenda that they say has forward momentum as a result of the new public dialogue on mental illness.
Advocates say the most important objective is strengthening community-based mental health services. They are also focused on early diagnosis and treatment of ill children, and efforts to erase the stigma that surrounds mental health problems.
The advocates already have a number of bills to rally behind.
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