NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Today, it is estimated that one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism. In Tuesday’s debate, Frank Guinta declared his opposition to federal funding for scientific research on autism and mental health . Guinta said that this scientific research should be funded through charitable giving.
“It’s shocking that Mr. Guinta denounced federal funding for this scientific research for children with developmental disorders,” said Shea-Porter spokeswoman Jamie Radice. “Frank Guinta believes that this scientific research should be funded by neighborhood bake sales and lemonade stands. Mr. Guinta’s views are dangerous for New Hampshire families and are completely outside the mainstream.”
Last year, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted to provide critical funding for scientific research for autism. According to the National Institutes of Health, these funds might lead to prevention techniques, better treatments, and personalized approaches to interventions. In addition, the stimulus package provided funding to improve the lives of those with mental illness through better access and increased federal Medicaid reimbursement rates for mental health treatment. Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a member of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. She helped lead the effort in the 110th Congress to pass mental health parity legislation.
 Concord Monitor, 10/20/10, http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/221107/debate-centers-on-governments-role