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Ohio Gov. Kasich orders $5 million to help mentally ill kids
The money would be directed toward those dealing with violence
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Gov. John Kasich says more state help needs to go to families with kids with mental illness.
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Ohio is making $5 million available to help families with a mentally ill child who they worry could turn violent. The money for the extra intervention and counseling has been ordered by Gov. John Kasich.

Officials say they were working on the idea before the December school shootings in Connecticut put the spotlight on ways to prevent violence. Here’s Kasich:

KASICH: Millions for children with mental illness

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“There are families who get themselves in a position where they have a young child or maybe even an adult child that have very serious mental health problems. It comes about sometimes because people aren’t taking their medications, or there are multiple medications… that really doesn’t help this person.”

Mental health officials say the extra money could help pay for emergency treatment for mentally ill children who’ve been threatening. Or it could help their overwhelmed parents get a temporary break from the constant responsibilities of caring for a troubled child.

 

 

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