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Newtown widower seeks school mental health reform

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The widower of Sandy Hook Elementary School psychologist Mary Sherlach is raising money to provide more and better care for children with mental health issues.

Sherlach was killed in the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown that claimed the lives of 20 children and six women, one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

Bill Sherlach says a combination of challenges can combine to create a problem that can lead to future tragedies: the lack of facilities for kids with mental illness, a deficit of programs designed to identify and treat those who need help and the stigma associated with receiving mental health care.

Sherlach has teamed with The Fairfield County Community Foundation to raise money for agencies that provide mental health services to children and young teens.

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