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Increased funding for mental health services in Texas

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Texas - Additional funding has been approved for several health services in Texas.

Lawmakers are continuing to negotiate a two-year state budget but they've made some progress Monday night.

The House and Senate have approved more money for mental health, protection of abused children and women's health care.

One of the biggest budget items was mental health; which was proposed after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Over $240 million will go toward eliminating current waiting lists for services, increase veterans' services, provide local grants and provide additional funding for crisis programs.

Another $160 million will go toward reducing turnover among CPS workers.

$210 million will go toward primary care and family planning services for low-income women.

Over the past 10 years, the general assembly has hiked general-fund appropriations for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services by more than $500 million.