- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s Assembly has voted for a new tax check-off intended to help end the stigma around mental illness, which advocates say is common, treatable and far too often unaddressed.

Similar to provisions on state tax returns where taxpayers can support Alzheimer’s research, breast cancer awareness and various other efforts, this would establishes a gift check-off to a special fund that would be used by the state Office of Mental Health to provide grants to organizations dedicated to eliminating the stigma.

Glenn Liebman, president of the Mental Health Association of New York State, says one in four people in the U.S. has a diagnosed mental illness and many don’t get treatment because of the stigma and their reluctance.

A companion bill has several sponsors in the state Senate.

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