Gulf states seeking mental health money from BP

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Officials in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama have asked BP for tens of millions of dollars for mental health outreach and treatment programs related to the oil spill disaster, but it's not clear if that's how BP plans to address the issue.

BP spokesman Richard Judy says the company is developing a comprehensive plan on community outreach and nonprofit support across the Gulf Coast. He wouldn't directly respond to questions about the money sought by the states.

Health officials say Gulf of Mexico oil leak has taken an emotional toll on Gulf Coast residents who have lost jobs in the fishing, hospitality and tourism industries. Some health officials say they've seen in increase in people dealing with stress and depression.

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