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December 20, 2012

Mental health services key, says governor who closed Lakeshore Mental Health Institute

Responding to concerns over a balance between gun control and public safety following a horrific shooting last week, Tennessee's governor who closed Lakeshore Mental Health Institute told reporters that access to mental health is a key component of preventing future tragedies. Knoxville's Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, which was licensed for 180 beds, closed on June 30 at the request of Gov. Bill Haslam's administration. "The answer is not always legislation," Haslam told reporters. "The answer is our mental health professionals, who now have fewer facilities to work with. Sometimes the best way to provide mental health care is just by having fewer mental health care facilities. Also, down is up, up is down, left is right, in is out, out is in. Oh, and how about that Butch Jones? Shiny."

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