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‘We are Not Our Illness:’ People with Mental Illnesses Meet with Judges, Psychiatrists to Discuss Courtroom Decision Making

August 19th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “‘We are Not Our Illness:’ People with Mental Illnesses Meet with Judges, Psychiatrists to Discuss Courtroom Decision Making”

May 8, acheter newbalance en ligne 2017

Kicking off #MentalHealthMonth on May 1, newbalance 2018 pas cher judges and psychiatrists from across the country gathered with people with mental illnesses and their family members to discuss the place where their lives often intersect—the criminal justice system. new balance 2018 “I see more people with mental illnesses in my courtroom in a day than a doctor might see in a month,” said Judge Steven Leifman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

South Carolina police officers will learn how to de-escalate mental illness confrontations under Senate bill

August 17th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “South Carolina police officers will learn how to de-escalate mental illness confrontations under Senate bill”

March 7, newbalance 2018 2017

COLUMBIA — Police officers will receive “de-escalation” training for dealing with someone who has mental illness if a bill heading to the Senate floor becomes law. new balance pas cher The bill, soldes new balance chaussures S. soldes newbalance 173, NEW BALANCE en France differs from a House version debated last month that would create a crisis intervention training council to oversee training in each police jurisdiction across the state. New Balance Homme The training would be given every three years.

A naked man drew police attention, but he didn’t go to jail

August 17th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “A naked man drew police attention, but he didn’t go to jail”

March 4, 2017

It was just another Monday when a man walked up to the parking lot of a Rosewood grocery store – naked. He was not combative or acting erratic, Columbia police officers said. newbalance 2018 He was just standing there around 7 p.m., in mid-January. Chaussures New Balance Officers would later find his clothes about a mile away, near Devine Street. “He was looking up at the sky, and saying he was waiting on a sign,” said Capt. new balance pas cher Christopher Roberts, the area’s region commander for the Columbia Police Department. “Officers talked to him accordingly, in a calm way.”

Officers determined the man was suffering from an episode related to his mental illness. Instead of being arrested, he was taken to a hospital, Roberts said. acheter newbalance Roberts attributed the response to training Columbia police officers undergo as part of their recertification process. chaussures newbalance pas cher It’s the kind of training mental health advocates are hoping to expand to all of the state’s law enforcement agencies through proposals making their way through the Legislature.

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have introduced bills that would require law enforcement officers to complete training in mental health or addictive disorders as part of recertification.

Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, sponsor of the Senate bill, said it’s unfair to place law enforcement officers in situations they’re not trained to deal with when they’re confronted with a mentally ill person. acheter newbalance en ligne “This is to not try to deal with the issue after an arrest, but actually try to help our law enforcement officers and our mentally ill before things escalate,” Sheheen said.

Mental health advocate Paton Blough mounts bid for 4th District

August 17th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Mental health advocate Paton Blough mounts bid for 4th District”

March 20, 2017

Mental health advocate Paton Blough announced Saturday that he’s seeking to collect enough signatures to run as an independent in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District in 2018. new balance Homme pas cher If successful, Blough would be on the ballot against U.S. soldes newbalance Rep. new balance femme pas cher Trey Gowdy. NEW BALANCE en France “I know it’s really early to start a run for the 2018 election, but in order to be on the ballot as an independent, you have to have 10,000 signatures,” Blough said. new balance 2018 “I’m a passionate independent who has essentially railed against the two-party system most of my adult life.

Legislature Needs to Pass Crisis Intervention Team Training Bill

August 9th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Legislature Needs to Pass Crisis Intervention Team Training Bill”

January 9th, 2017

Paton had an article published in the Greenville News today. You can read the article on the Greenville News website here.

When the General Assembly convenes on Jan. vente de newbalance 10 they will have an opportunity to set the tone for the next two years by jumping on a bipartisan police training bill that will solve problems, save lives and hopefully set a tone of co-operation in Columbia to get meaningful legislation accomplished. S. 173, a Crisis Intervention Team bill which was pre-filed by Democrat Sen. New Balance Baskets Vince Sheheen and has Republican Rep. Dan Hamilton set to file companion legislation in the S.C. House, will push much-needed de-escalation training for police across the state by mandating all 46 counties to set up a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Currently, about half the counties across the state have some level of CIT training, including about 15 counties with a formal program. The bill will also create a statewide Technical Assistance Council to help accomplish this goal through governing CIT and helping departments identify and implement available funding and grants. soldes newbalance S. 173 will also help fulfill the mission of the Stepping Up initiative resolution that Greenville County Council recently passed. CIT and de-escalation training is one of the hottest topics and movements in policing solutions across the country and recently has the support of Congress through the passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Many national advocacy and policy organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill behind bars also fully support CIT. CIT is centered on resolving conflict with the mentally ill and people in substance abuse crisis without use of force unless absolutely necessary and then getting them the best possible help available. According to a USA Today report people with a mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police and according to an NBC report half of the people killed by police have a disability. These numbers don’t reflect people who are in alcohol or substance abuse crisis that do not have a mental illness or disability. It is my firm belief that if Officer Michael Slager would have had adequate de-escalation training Walter Scott would be alive today. This bill will solve much of the policing crisis that is so prevalent in the news today. CIT and de-escalation training teaches officers how to approach people in crisis in a slower fashion and connect with them on a very human level. The goal is that the police will be slower to threaten force and safely get the person in crisis successfully arrested without force. We are not advocating the removal of weapons for officers because obviously many times they are needed and very necessary. What we are trying to do is give the police another tool to protect and serve, and hopefully get the person help where the “T” in CIT comes in. The “T” stands for “Team” because CIT and this bill do more than just train de-escalation techniques. soldes newbalance Under the “Team” umbrella this bill pushes for community support once the person in crisis is safely brought in. newbalance chaussures This bill also supports things like mental health courts, drug courts, addiction recovery services, housing assistance, availability of medications, counseling, etc. The organization I founded called redhype-test.com/rehinge has worked closely with Sheheen to get this bill introduced and has set up a web page for you to get involved called FightStigma.com where you can sign a pledge to contact elected officials to tell them about the importance of mental health reform and bills like this. We need you to call members of the General Assembly and ask them to co-sponsor and fully support S. 173 the Crisis Intervention Team and de-escalation training legislation. This problem has been created over years of political leaders not knowing how to address mental illness and through cuts for services for those in need. Now the police are forced to pick up the pieces. This bill is an opportunity to start turning the tide in the proper direction but we need your help. Kevin Morison, director of programs for the Police Executive Research Forum, a highly respected police policy think tank out of Washington, DC, researched the bill and had this to say: “This proposal is important and innovative – a real model for other states to follow.” South Carolina has the ability to not only solve much of the policing crisis here in our state but we have the potential to serve as a model for the rest of the country. newbalance pas cher S. 173 is a bipartisan solution that will protect our officers, the mentally ill and those in substance abuse crisis. newbalance 2018 pas cher If you agree that saving lives, saving money and making our communities safer is important please get involved and help us pass S. 173 the Crisis Intervention Team and de-escalation training legislation.

Paton Blough is the Founder of redhype-test.com/rehinge and is a NAMI SC state board member.

Mental Health Advocacy – Remove Halloween Attractions Depicting Abuse of Mentally Ill

August 18th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy, Media, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Mental Health Advocacy – Remove Halloween Attractions Depicting Abuse of Mentally Ill”

October 18th, 2016

Recently, Paton Blough has been working towards ending Halloween attractions that include portrayals of mentally ill individuals in asylums or prisons. Paton recently wrote an open letter to the Harvest of Horror at Denver Downs–an Upstate SC horror theme attraction for Halloween. vente de newbalance This year’s Harvest of Horror had stereotypical depictions of mentally ill prison inmates and asylum wards that are offensive and disturbing to mentally ill people and their loved ones. soldes new balance chaussures Paton’s letter, which you can read here, requested that the Harvest of Horror change their attraction and apologize to mentally ill individuals who live in the area. The director of Denver Downs did agree to make some modifications to the attraction to compromise with Paton. Paton was also featured on a news segment for WYFF News 4, which followed up on Paton after writing his letter, and he was able to state his mind on the situation. Paton was also able to write an op-ed piece for the Greenville News.

The time is now for mental health advocates and the general public to call for an end to Halloween attractions that include images of the mentally ill in asylums or prison infirmaries. A lot of effort has been made here in South Carolina and around the country in recent years to lessen the stigma and improve the lives of those living with a mental illness. However, there is much more left to do and Halloween attractions that exploit the mistreatment of the mentally ill in straight jackets, strapped to chairs or in prison infirmaries are all too real and add to the existing stigma. One of the attractions here in the Upstate has a prison theme complete with live actors in straight jackets and a room that depicts torturing the mentally ill. New Balance Baskets Femme If this were fictional it may be OK, unfortunately we know here in South Carolina this is not the case. Mental Health Advocates around the state fought for and won a landmark case known as the Judge Baxley order that has forced the S.C. acheter newbalance Department of Corrections to change its unconstitutional conditions for the mentally ill. newbalance pas cher The case outlined that inmates with bipolar and schizophrenia in some cases were spending more than five years in solitary confinement. The case graphically detailed how one inmate named Jerome Laudman died from lack of care surrounded by his rotting food trays and other things too disturbing to describe in this article. Thankfully the SC DOC has made many positive steps to the point of actually receiving an award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for its positive response to this case. Unfortunately this case does not apply to county jails. Now, mental health advocates and the general public need this same leadership to openly denounce these stigmatizing Halloween attractions that take us backward, not forward. This is a civil rights injustice! Would you pay to entertain and “scare” yourself by seeing African American people being enslaved and tortured? Would you pay to entertain yourself by visiting an attraction that scared you by taking you through the Auschwitz concentration camp or that depicted the Trail of Tears? People do not choose to be mentally ill any more than someone chooses to have heart disease or cancer. Please stand up for the family of Jerome Laudman, others that have died and people like myself who have been in a straight jacket cuffed to a chair with a bag over my head, and demand public apologies from these attractions. There are other ways to scare people without exploiting and capitalizing on the civil injustices to a group of individuals. The writer is the founder of Rehinge and is a SC National Alliance on Mental Illness Board Member.

Paton was also featured in an article by the Washington Post on the issue as well, along side other mental health advocates throughout the nation. You can read the full article for this on the Washington Post’s website. Paton and Rehinge gives a big thanks to Colby Itkowitz for writing this fantastic article.

Paton Blough has been arrested during bipolar episodes. Chaussures NEW BALANCE An activist for mental-health awareness, Blough sent an impassioned letter to the owner of Denver Downs Farm in Anderson, S.C., after hearing about a Halloween attraction that showed a prisoner handcuffed and in a straitjacket. chaussures newbalance pas cher “Unfortunately, this is very real to me,” he said. “I’ve been strapped to beds and chairs in jails and hospitals.” Blough’s letter persuaded Ron Smith, director of operations for the farm’s entertainment venues, to remove that aspect of the attraction. “It really bothered him, so it wasn’t a big deal,” Smith said. “Some people thought it was silly, but regardless of what they thought, we didn’t even give it a second thought.

Rehinge Partnering with NAMI Greenville to Raise Funds for Orlando CIT

August 17th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy 0 thoughts on “Rehinge Partnering with NAMI Greenville to Raise Funds for Orlando CIT”

June 17th, acheter newbalance 2016

Rehinge is partnering with NAMI Greenville to help provide funds to NAMI Orlando to help train Orlando police officers in CIT. acheter newbalance We are looking to raise $2,500 for 35 officers to receive 40 hours of CIT training. new balance sitemap This will ultimately help some of the officers involved with the recent incident. soldes newbalance The CIT training includes discussions and resources for officers who may experience PTSD or other symptoms due to this tragedy.

Advocacy Alert: The Crisis Intervention Team Training & Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Acts Need Your Support!

August 12th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy, Media 0 thoughts on “Advocacy Alert: The Crisis Intervention Team Training & Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Acts Need Your Support!”

February 12, 2016

The Crisis Intervention Team Training Act

Yesterday, February 12th, South Carolina senate bill, S.1078, the Crisis Intervention Team Training Act (CITTA), was introduced to the senate by Democratic Senator Vincent Sheheen who has partnered with Paton Blough and Rehinge to create this bill. soldes new balance chaussures This bill would require a mandate for all South Carolina law enforcement to take Crisis Intervention Team training as part of their education. CIT training teaches law enforcement how to better handle encounters with mentally ill individuals and people under the influence of drugs. CIT has been shown to greatly reduce violent interactions between police and mentally ill individuals, and helps provide proper care to mentally ill people as well. New Balance Homme CITTA would also establish a state-wide council that will help manage CIT efforts in the state and help find grant funding for the program.

CITTA is already being cosponsored by Republican Senator Robert W. newbalance pas cher Hayes, Jr, which means this is a bipartisan bill that requires support from everyone. However, CITTA needs more co-sponsors—that’s where you come in! We need you to contact your local senators and urge them to help cosponsor this bill as well so that it can move further into the Senate. Your efforts helped pass the Mental Health Court Program Act last year, and we can do the same again this year for CIT. Click here to find a list of South Carolina Senators and their districts, along with their contact information. We have also provided an example message/letter/email for you to use to contact them with to push for the co-sponsorship of CITTA, S.1078.

The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act

However, there is a second bill that needs your support as well. New Balance Baskets Femme Federal house bill HR1854 (formally HR731), the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, needs your support as well. This bill was originally cosponsored by SC Congressional Representative Trey Gowdy last year. The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act would renew a grant that will help fund mental health courts, CIT training, and other programs throughout the country, including South Carolina. soldes newbalance This bill would help fund the Crisis Intervention Team Training Act, as well as the recently passed Mental Health Court Program Act that was passed in SC last year. Now we need to get this bill introduced to the Congressional House floor through Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. new balance 2018 pas cher These two key house members need to present the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health act so that we can continue funding for these important mental health services! The following is contact information for both Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy, along with an example message/letter/email for you to use when contacting them. Together we can push through these two important pieces of legislation in South Carolina and the nation.

To the honorable Representative Paul Ryan or Representative Kevin McCarthy, My name is YOUR NAME from YOUR LOCATION, SC, and I am writing you in regards to the House Bill HR1854, the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015. I am requesting that you please bring this bill to the House floor. The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015 would renew an important grant that helps provide funding to mental health care, addiction recovery and veteran care throughout the country, including crucial social programs such as mental health courts and crisis intervention team training. These programs have been proven to reduce recidivism rates, violent interactions between law enforcement and mentally ill individuals, provide care for highly vulnerable citizens, and save the states and the federal government millions of dollars in overspending. Please do consider bringing the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act of 2015 to the House floor in the near future, so that we can help the lives of millions of Americans who need the most care.

A Very Positive Hearing for H.5025 in the SC House Subcommittee

August 11th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “A Very Positive Hearing for H.5025 in the SC House Subcommittee”

March 11, 2016

Yesterday was an excellent day for SC House Bill H.5025 as it received a very positive hearing in front of the House committee. Paton Blough was a part of the hearing, and was also featured in a couple of local news outlets as they covered the bill. While H.5025 hasn’t passed in the House Committee yet, we are expecting that it will next week. Paton and Rehinge would also like to give a huge thank you to Mike Woody, the president of CIT International, and NAMI Indiana for their hard work on creating the Indiana bill, SB380, that laid out the blue print for Bill H.5025, the Crisis Intervention Team Training Act.

From WSPA News Channel 7

A South Carolina House subcommittee passed a bill Thursday morning that would change the way police handle people with mental illness. New Balance Baskets Officers would be required to go through much more training on crisis intervention, and they would no longer transport to mental hospitals people who are not a danger to themselves or others. soldes new balance chaussures Instead, ambulances could transport those patients. Bill sponsor Rep. New Balance Baskets Femme Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, says, “I think mental illness is a health care issue, and in those cases where the mentally ill person is not an actual danger to himself or to other people, that that person should be transported in an ambulance and not in the back of a patrol car handcuffed.”

From The State Online News

Health care and police advocates appearing before a S.C. House subcommittee on Thursday pushed for new state laws they said would help de-escalate potentially explosive confrontations between police and mentally ill people. soldes newbalance Requiring police officers to have special training for dealing with the mentally ill would benefit both police and the mentally ill, said Paton Blough, 39, a Greenville resident who told subcommittee members of his six encounters with police while mentally troubled. soldes newbalance “Three of those arrests went well; three of those arrests turned violent. I believe the times I was calmly arrested had to do with the way officers dealt with me and not a difference in my mental state,” Blough said. “All six times, I was under the delusion I was a god and police were trying to murder me,” he said. “… The officers’ ability to slow down and control the situation through verbal techniques was the main factor in calming my fears of death.” In recent years, Blough’s personal experiences with mental illness have turned him into a state and national spokesman on ways to defuse confrontations between mentally ill people and police, who are often the first responders to calls concerning mentally ill people who might pose a danger to themselves or others. A board member of National Alliance on Mental Illness South Carolina, Blough now controls his illness through medication and various cognitive techniques. new balance sitemap The bill that Blough supports would set up “crisis intervention teams” operated through the sheriff’s department in each county, with specially trained officers who know how to deal with the mentally ill. new balance 2018 It would also require more training by law enforcement officers in how to deal with mentally ill people. “Law enforcement, health care, the (S.C.) Department of Mental Health — everyone who deals with or touches a mentally ill issue — would be part of a team to create a statewide crisis intervention program,” said Rep.

Help Support H.5025—The Sister Bill to The Crisis Intervention Team Training Act!

August 7th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy 1 thought on “Help Support H.5025—The Sister Bill to The Crisis Intervention Team Training Act!”

March 7, 2016

SC House bill, H.5025, is a sister bill to the SC Senate bill S.1078, the Crisis Intervention Team Training Act, which was introduced to the SC House by Representative Dan Hamilton. soldes new balance chaussures Bill H.5025 includes many of the same ideas as S.1078, such as requiring SC law enforcement to take Crisis Intervention Team training. Chaussures New Balance This bill will establish a state wide assistance council for police training and community team building in regards to mental health and contains a mandate for every county to have such training. This is a bipartisan bill, like S.1078, that will help reform the treatment of mentally ill individuals in South Carolina. solde newbalance map

A law enforcement officer […] in this State is required to complete Continuing Law Enforcement Education Credits (CLEEC) in mental health or addictive disorders each year of a three-year recertification period. The number of required annual CLEEC hours in mental health or addictive disorders shall be determined by the council, but must be included in the forty CLEEC hours required over the three-year recertification period. new balance pas cher 2018 The training must be provided or approved by the academy and the Technical Assistance Training Council and must include, but is not limited to, the following curriculum: responding to crime scenes, responding to crisis situations in which an individual is experiencing a mental health or addictive disorder crisis, Fourth Amendment issues, incident-report writing, determining primary aggressors, dual arrests, victim and offender dynamics, victims’ resources, victims’ rights issues, interviewing techniques, mental health courts and mental health court programs, offender treatment programs, and recognizing special needs populations.

By attempting to push through a similar bill through the SC House, we give a better chance for one these bills, or a variation of both, passing both the SC House and Senate, and becoming law. soldes newbalance Right now, H.5025 will be sent to the House Judiciary Committee for review before it will presented to the SC House. chaussures new balance So, we need your help to contact the members of the SC House Judiciary Committee to urge them to pass H.5025 so that it can go on officially to the SC House.

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