Ayotte calls for mental health system bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In the wake of the deadly shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling for Senate consideration of a measure to strengthen the nation’s mental health system and for a hearing to examine federal contractor hiring practices at military installations.

Ayotte said the Senate voted earlier this year in favor of a bipartisan amendment that would provide support for training programs to help identify, understand and address crisis situations safely. It also would provide grants for mental health training programs for teachers, first responders, police, and others.

She also said that with reports indicating gunman Aaron Alexis had a troubled past, senators need to fully understand contract hiring practices at military installations, ensure that contractors are fit to serve, and don’t pose a danger.

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