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Since Accent Signage Shooting, Progress On Mental Health

Minnesota NewsMINNEAPOLIS (AP) – In the year since a fired employee went on a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis office, mental health advocates say they’ve signs of progress on the kinds of issues that plagued that gunman.

Andrew Engeldinger killed six people at Accent Signage last September before shooting himself. Afterward, his parents said they saw signs of schizophrenia in their son but he shut out their attempts to get him help.

Sue Abderholden directs the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Minnesota. She says attention to the Accent shootings and to the Newtown elementary school shootings contributed to state lawmakers passing several measures to improve the children’s mental health system.

Abderholden says one key measure sent more than $7 million toward school-based mental health grants.

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