Upton discusses mental health concerns with area experts
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — U.S. Congressman Fred Upton met with top Kalamazoo mental health officials on the campus of Western Michigan University.
Upton organized the meeting to discuss how to better provide mental health resources for kids in response to the Parkland, Florida, shooting. Upton was at the meeting alongside Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller and the leaders of mental health organizations.
Many attendees, including the Superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, were concerned about the lack of funding for schools when it comes to mental health.
"Parkland, the safest city in Florida. if it can happen in the safest city in Florida in can happen in the safest city in Michigan too," Dr. Michael Rice, Kalamazoo Schools Superintendent, said.
Upton says there was an increase in funding for mental health resources in the latest federal spending bill, roughly $1.5 billion.
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