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January 4, 1964


JAMA. 1964;187(1):A15-A17. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060140087047

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Mental Bill Funds Clear Congress.—  Congress has approved the immediate spending of $41.8 million as a start on the Administration's program to combat mental illness and retardation.The supplemental appropriations measure would finance the first year of a previously authorized seven-year, $784 million mental health program.In a special message to Congress last January, the late President Kennedy called for a "bold new approach" to the twin problems of retardation in children and mental illness in general. He said the nation had too long neglected those suffering from the afflictions.One of the two authorizing measures comprising the program provided for appropriations of up to $329 million over a four-year period for research and treatment of both mental illness and retardation. Its key feature calls for construction of community mental health treatment centers in which individuals could receive outpatient as well as inpatient care.The second authorizing bill was a

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