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Mental health programs cut as need soars

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Mental health services are once again in the spotlight following another mass shooting, but they are programs that are often cut.

A gunman shot and killed 9 people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

Marsha Morgan, COO of Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health, said typically the shooters in mass shootings have "adverse childhood experiences." She said childhood trauma is a key issue and the need for prevention is constant.

"As you understand these people, you understand that they actually needed help for years and years and years," Morgan said.

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said reforms in mental health services would be part of the solution. He opposed gun-control efforts from the White House.

Despite Brownback's commitments two years ago, mental health leaders say Kansas has inadequate funding and resources.

Susan Crain Lewis, president and CEO of Mental Health America of the Heartland, said there has been a "profound erosion in the public funding" for mental health services in Kansas over the past 10 years.

"It simply is a fundamental decision that this is not where we want to invest our money," Lewis said.

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