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13 March 2015

Advocacy Alert for the Mental Health Court Program Act

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March 13th, 2015

An article and video published yesterday by WYFF News Channel 4 discusses the Mental Health Court Program Act and SC’s need for it. The article features Paton Blough and Senator Larry Martin of Pickens discussing the necessity of the bill in the state. Bill S.426 (formerly titled S.209), the Mental Health Court Program Act, is a bill designed to treat mentally ill criminals, rather than incarcerate them for actions that are often outside their control. This bill has been a crucial bi-partisan effort by Paton Blough and a number of SC politicians like Senator Vincent Sheheen (D) and Senator Larry Martin (R).

You can watch the video on the WYFF Channel 4 website.

You can help us out in fighting for the Mental Health Court Program Act as well!

You can help us to fight for the passing of this bill by contacting the SC Senate Judiciary Committee! By contacting the following senators, you can encourage them to support S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act in the Senate Judiciary Committee. By showing these senators your support for this bill, you are telling South Carolina that we NEED mental health courts and mental health reform in the state. Following is a list of the SC senators currently sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee along with their contact information. Now is the time to act for mental health reform!

Not sure what to say when you contact these senators? You can use this example letter/speech to help yourself out.

2015 Senate Judiciary Committee

Larry A. Martin (Chairman)

SRulesComm@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6610
Room 101 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 2 – Pickens

Lee Bright

LeeBright@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6008
Room 602 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. No. 12 – Greenville & Spartanburg

George E. “Chip” Campsen, III

ChipCampsen@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6340
Room 305 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 43 – Berkeley, Charleston & Collecton

Creighton B. Coleman

CreightonColeman@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6132
Room 508 Gressette Bldg.
Dist.17-Chester, Fairfield & York

Ronnie A. Sabb

RonnieSabb@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6032
Room 504 Gressette Bldg.
Dist.32-Berkeley, Florence, Georgetown, Horry & Williamsburg

Thomas D. “Tom” Corbin

TomCorbin@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6100
Room 501 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 5 – Greenville & Spartanburg

Chauncey K. Gregory

GregGregory@scsenate.gov
803-212-6024
Room 606 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 16 – Lancaster & York Cos.

Greg Hembree

GregHembree@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6016
Room 604 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 28 – Dillon & Horry

A. Shane Massey

ShaneMassey@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6024
Room 606 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 25 – Aiken, Edgefield, Lexington, McCormick & Saluda Cos.

Luke A. Rankin

SethicsComm@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6410
Room 205 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 33 – Horry

Katrina Frye Shealy

KatrinaShealy@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6108
Room 502 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 23- Lexington

Paul Thurmond

PaulThurmond@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6172
Room 513 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 41 – Charleston & Dorchester

Ross Turner

RossTurner@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6148
Room 512 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 8 – Greenville

Tom Young, Jr.

TomYoung@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6124
Room 506 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 24 – Aiken

Sean Bennett

SeanBennett@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6116
Room 601 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 7 – Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester

C. Bradley Hutto

BradHutto@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6140
Room 510 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 40 – Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell,Colleton, Hampton & Orangeburg

Kevin L. Johnson

KevinJohnson@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6048
Room 612 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 36 – Clarendon, Darlington, Florence & Sumter

Gerald Malloy

GeraldMalloy@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6172
Room 513 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 29 – Chesterfield, Darlington, Lee & Marlboro

J. Thomas McElveen, III

ThomasMcElveen@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6132
Room 508 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 35 – Kershaw, Lee, Richland & Sumter

John L. Scott, Jr.

JohnScott@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6124
Room 506 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 19 – Richland

Karl B. Allen

KarlAllen@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6040
Room 610 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 7 – Greenville

Shane R. Martin

ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6100
Room 501 Gressette Bldg.
Dist.13 – Greenville, Spartanburg & Union

Marlon E. Kimpson

marlonkimpson@scsenate.gov
(803) 212-6056
Room 613 Gressette Bldg.
Dist. 42 – Charleston & Dorchester

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