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As part of a $31 million grant announcement to help individuals with disabilities and older adults, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that $3.3 million would be earmarked specifically for mental health systems reform.
The grants are a part of President Bush's "New Freedom Initiative," which promotes the goal of community living for individuals with disabilities and long-term illnesses. Under this initiative, which began in 2001, 10 federal agencies work with states and community organizations to remove barriers to community living.
"We are committed to removing the barriers preventing the 54 million Americans living with disabilities from leading full lives. These grants will help those living with disabilities make their own choices on what …