The same day he joined other members of Congress to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, Sen. Blumenthal announced a proposal for mental health legislation as well, also in response to the Newtown Massacre.
Blumenthal, along with Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), introduced The Mental Health First Aid Act to improve effectiveness of and access to mental health care. The proposed legislation would fund mental health first aid training programs for school officials, law enforcement, first responders, veterans, nurses, and others who may need to provide those services.
“Gunmen responsible for mass shootings highlight how mental illness can cause carnage and killing,” said Sen. Blumenthal in a statement. “We need to identify and treat people suffering from mental illness before they damage or destroy other lives.”
A similar version of this bill introduced in the past drew bipartisan support. Several senators from both sides of the aisle voiced their support for this legislation, especially in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Shooting.