Sherrod Brown: Tucson Tragedy Highlights Poor State Of Mental Health Safety Net

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Sherrod Brown: Tucson Tragedy Highlights Poor State Of Mental Health Safety Net

Think Progress – This morning during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) argued that the Tucson tragedy highlighted the the poor state of the nation’s mental health safety net and said that the shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, “should have been identified at the community college when he was thrown out”:

BROWN: It’s only going to get worse because of state budget cuts. That’s a pretty easy place for people to go after, let’s cut some of the mental health outreach. Might mean some more homelessness but most people that dress like this in politics don’t see them, don’t talk to them, don’t ‘know them. We passed mental health parity, with the health care bill that should help, but most of this is state level mental health programs and we really got to guide against shredding them more than they’ve been shredded.

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