The claim: “This is your reminder that Greg Abbott cut $211 million in mental health funding.” — Gavin Newsom

Newsom, the governor of California, made the claim in response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statement about the mass shooting in a mall in Allen, Texas. Abbott had characterized the root problem as a matter of mental health, not gun control.

Politifact rating: Mostly False. In April 2022, Abbott said that about $495 million would be transferred out of six state agencies to support the state’s border security program.

The transfer included about $210.7 million from the state Health and Human Services Commission over two years. However, Texas later replenished the mental health funding with federal COVID-19 relief dollars.

Discussion

After the shooting in Allen, Abbott appeared on “Fox News Sunday.” 

“What Texas is doing in a big-time way, we are working to address that anger and violence but going to its root cause, which is addressing the mental health problems behind it,” he said.

Abbott, a Republican, also said Texas was working on getting guns “out of the hands of dangerous criminals” and on increasing penalties for criminals who possess guns. But he identified mental health spending as the priority.

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