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Caseworker Cheryl Boone helps a client with paperwork during a therapy session at the Johnson County Mental Health Center Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Shawnee, Kan. Lawmakers across the nation are rethinking cuts in mental health care spending in the wake of recent shootings. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

After mass shootings, states rethink mental health cuts

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BY THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of states have slashed spending on mental health care over the last four years, driven by the recession's toll on revenue and, in some cases, a new zeal to shrink government.

But that trend may be heading for a U-turn in 2013 after last year's shooting rampages by two mentally disturbed gunmen.

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