CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse.
It’s an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic who struggled with addiction for years before getting sober.
The wide-ranging plan unveiled Friday includes funding for early intervention of mental health disorders and drug use, a national suicide prevention campaign and better access to opioid addiction and other types of treatment.
Klobuchar says that as president she would prioritize mental health and substance abuse treatment over incarceration for nonviolent offenders.
The $100 billion would come largely from opioid manufacturers through a new fee on drug makers and a massive legal settlement that’s not yet in the works.