Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar vowed that his agency would be "laser focused" on addressing untreated serious mental illness in response to a mass shooting this week in which a former student killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.
"The Department of Health and Human Services will be laser focused on this issue in the days, weeks and months to come," Azar said. "And it has already been a priority under this administration."
Officials in Parkland, Fla., haven't announced if they have determined the cause behind the mass shooting by the 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, who entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High with an AR-15 Wednesday. Cruz was captured by the authorities and has admitted to the killings.
In remarks delivered earlier in the day, President Trump addressed the shooting through the lens of mental health as well. He did not call for restrictions on gun access or call for medical research on gun violence, as some medical groups have urged.