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Al Jazeera Interview with Paton Blough

August 21st, 2015 Posted by Media, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Al Jazeera Interview with Paton Blough”

Al Jeezera International interviewed Paton about his experiences as a person with mental illness in jail.

More Mental Health Courts Could Open in SC

August 20th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “More Mental Health Courts Could Open in SC”

February 20th, 2015

The Bluffton Times published a nice article today featuring Paton and his work towards more mental health courts in South Carolina. newbalance pas cher

Read the full article in the Bluffton Times

Paton Blough thought the police were trying to kill him. acheter newbalance en ligne When he was 29, he had demanded to use the telephone at a gas station, and the attendant called the police. soldes newbalance Blough, now 38 and a father of six, racked up nine charges, including one for breaking the leg irons confining him in the backseat of a patrol car when an officer tased him. newbalance 2018 pas cher “It’s actually kind of a miracle that I’m here today,” Blough told a Senate subcommittee Thursday. He urged the lawmakers to support a proposal allowing counties to establish mental health courts, similar the drug courts created 10 years ago. new balance 2018 pas cher Blough is a graduate of mental health court in Greenville County and credits it, in part, with saving him and allowing him to live psychosis-free for five years. chaussures new balance He said the answer is not to send those with mental illness into the state prison system.


 

“If you go into any hospital today, if you go into any jail today, you’ll see warehoused folks who are mentally ill who are in the revolving system,” said Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, who introduced the legislation. The idea is modeled on Richland, Greenville, and Charleston county programs to encourage other counties to divert convicts with mental illness away from the prison system.

Senate Gets Bill Expanding Mental Health Courts

August 18th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “Senate Gets Bill Expanding Mental Health Courts”

March 18th, 2015

Senate Judiciary Panel Passes Mental Health Courts Bill! Yesterday was a major step for mental health reform in South Carolina! The SC Senate Judiciary Committee voted 23-0 for the Bill S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act, to move forward to the SC House. new balance pas cher This is a crucial piece of legislation that will help reduce the number of mentally ill individuals incarcerated in state prisons, while diverting them to appropriate mental health services. This bill passing the SC Senate yesterday was thanks to not only the efforts of Paton Blough and other mental health advocates and local politicians, but also everyone who contacted their senators to encourage them to support the Mental Health Court Program Act. Thank you for your support now and in the future as this bill moves through the legislative process!

Read the full article about the vote in the Greenville News.

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted unanimously to approve a bill to expand mental health courts in the state, sending the proposal to the full Senate. Sen. vente de newbalance Shane Massey, an Edgefield Republican, said the bill establishes a framework for a statewide system that is already being used in several judicial circuits. “These things have been very popular and successful in communities where they are now,” he said. solde newbalance map Mental health courts divert mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into treatment programs, much as drug courts do for drug offenders. new balance femme pas cher Currently, three mental health courts operate in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston. Grants for their operation ran out years ago but they have continued to operate, officials say. new balance pas cher 2018 Two other courts have closed in recent years due to lack of funding. new balance 2018 “I think this is a huge first step for the Senate to acknowledge mental health reform in our state,” said Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate who has spent a year pushing for the legislation.

How Jails are Failing the Mentally Ill

August 16th, 2015 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “How Jails are Failing the Mentally Ill”

September 16th, 2015

The Death Of Victoria Gray: How Texas Jails Are Failing Their Most Vulnerable Captives

Think Progress has written one of the most comprehensive and evidence-based articles on the issue of suicide and mental illness in prisons that I have read to date. newbalance 2018 Writer Erica Hellerstein has put together a story of not only Texas’ failure of treating mentally ill inmates, but the need for our country as a whole to more seriously address this issue. Paton was interviewed for this article to explain how mentally ill inmates are treated in jail, and his own personal experiences of his treatment behind bars. Erica ties Paton’s knowledge, along with other case studies, into the failure of many jails to properly follow mental illness guidelines, which has resulted from the US prison system becoming the largest mental health hospitals in the country. This is an excellent article that should be read and shared.

Read the full article on Think Progress

Type “mental illness,” “jails,” and “health care providers” into Google and a number of headlines will pop up: “When did prisons become acceptable mental healthcare facilities?,” “Jails are America’s largest mental healthcare providers,” “Inside a mental hospital called jail.” These days, it’s regularly said that prisons and jails have become the nation’s de-facto mental health providers. That this has become an untenable situation for the criminal justice system shouldn’t come as a surprise; obviously, jails and prisons are not mental health treatment centers, nor were they ever intended to be.

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Forty years after Abramson’s prophecy, the number of people with mental illness forced into jails and prisons across the U.S. is nothing short of harrowing. According to a recent report by the Treatment Advocacy Center, there are ten times as many people in prisons and jails with serious mental illness than in state psychiatric hospitals. New Balance Baskets Femme In at least 44 states, there are more people behind bars with serious mental illnesses than in the largest state psychiatric hospital. chaussures new balance Moreover, they are more likely to be sexually assaulted, beaten, abused, and placed in solitary confinement. “Emptying America’s mental hospitals without ensuring that the discharged patients received appropriate treatment in the community has been an egregious mistake. new balance femme pas cher For the approximately half of discharged patients who have ended up homeless or in jails and prisons, it has been a personal tragedy,” the Treatment Advocacy Center asserted in an earlier report. “Although deinstitutionalization was well intentioned, the failure to provide for the treatment needs of the patients has turned this policy into one of the greatest social disasters of the 20th century.” Those conditions have helped to create a system that’s often crisis driven, where people who may have previously been admitted to state psychiatric hospitals now only receive care when they’re in the middle of an immediate mental health crisis. Meanwhile, the care that they do end up receiving tends to be short-term — like a hospital emergency room, or in many cases, jail.

Paton Blough, the mental health advocate with bipolar disorder, was arrested six times over the course of three years — often because people would call the police on him during times of psychosis. “I had episode after episode,” he recalled. “I did all of the extreme things you read about a bipolar person doing.” Although Blough didn’t have a criminal record before his arrests, he ended up receiving two felony convictions while he was incarcerated — one for spitting on a jail officer and another for threatening a sheriff. acheter newbalance en ligne “I felt like there were several instances when I was not taken care of,” he said. “I lost everything.” Unfortunately, Blough’s story is not uncommon: Half of all previously incarcerated people with mental illness are rearrested and returned to prisons. solde newbalance map “Once you get in the system, it’s very difficult for you to get out,” he said.

Climber Scales Table Rock Daily to Push Mental Health Court Bill

August 15th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Climber Scales Table Rock Daily to Push Mental Health Court Bill”

April 15th, 2015

Paton and Rehinge made the front page of the Greenville News today with a wonderful article written by Liv Osby and photos taken by Heidi Heilbrunn. The article covers Paton’s recent journeys up Table Rock in order to push for SC House support for S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act. This article has great exposure for this bill, and will help bring the issue more into the light in the Upstate. You can learn more about how to support the Mental Health Court Program Act here. soldes newbalance chaussures

Read the full article on the Greenville News website

day-05-01In 2006 after he was arrested on nonviolent charges, Blough went through mental health court. Though he dealt with a couple of issues since then, he said, he credits the experience with helping him come to grips with his illness. He got support from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the right medication and therapy, he said. And for the past five years, he’s been an advocate for people with mental illness. The daily climb up Table Rock and back, which he said takes roughly three hours, is the latest effort in that advocacy. Blough starts out early in the morning on the trek, which begins with a gentle slope along a creek flanked by large mossy rocks before becoming more rugged and elevated in some sections. “Parts of it are pretty easy,” said the stay-at-home father of six, “though it’s steep in some places and 2,000 vertical feel and a little over 3 miles.” Sometimes he’s joined by supporters or his children. He believes he can continue until the bill becomes law. “I recognize I can’t keep it up for a year or whatever,” he said. new balance pas cher “But I think I can keep going.” The bill doesn’t mandate the courts, but it creates a statewide program with the provision that solicitors who take state dollars for such courts must create them within six months. While it doesn’t include any funding, its sponsor Sen. acheter newbalance Vincent Sheheen has said he hopes that money will be found in the budget at some point to help. Blough says that although it comes with no funds, he considers it a leadership bill. “I can’t say there will be a mental health court in every circuit in the next 12 months, but I think this is significant,” he said. “If it works, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be expanding it in our state.”

Judge Debora Faulkner of Greenville County Probate Court said mental health court is successful because it costs far less than imprisoning someone and it turns their lives around. Since it began, it has accepted 84 participants, she said, and 55 have graduated. There are now eight active participants. “It’s a way to not only be prudent with tax dollars, but to get people the help that they need and out of that revolving door,” she said. “Those individuals are no longer in the criminal justice system. They are productive members of society.” Mental health courts operate in Greenville, Charleston and Columbia. Greenville’s began with a grant in 2005, Faulkner said. But for years it’s been operating without any funding because officials believe so much in it. Probate pays the judge’s time, she said, and other services are provided by Greenville Mental Health and Piedmont Mental Health employees. soldes newbalance “It’s a wonderful program. new balance Homme pas cher It’s a savings for the taxpayer, it keeps the jail population down, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to see the results,” she said. “They’re all trying so hard. I saw someone have their very first paycheck. And another graduate who has gone on and gotten a master’s in social work.” Under the system, the solicitor selects the participants, who must meet certain criteria, like being charged with nonviolent offenses such as public disorderly or property crimes and have no past convictions for violent crimes, Faulkner said. They must attend mental health court weekly along with seeing a case manager and medical professionals, she said. They are also subject to random drug testing and can be terminated if they are rearrested or otherwise violate terms of the program. And they’re linked to community resources so they can find other help they might need, like employment and housing, she said.

The Issue Is Not Going Away

August 13th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “The Issue Is Not Going Away”

February 13th, 2015

April Morris from the Greenville Journal has just written her second excellent article in a series on mental health and jails. acheter newbalance en ligne She has put some very revealing statistics in this piece about Mental Health Courts. You can read the online version of the Greenville Journal Here or just the Article Here. In the mean time, there is a sub-committee hearing scheduled for S. soldes newbalance 209 the Mental Health Court Program Act in Columbia next Thursday the 19th at 10AM! Advocacy does work! Thank you to everyone who has helped get this bill to this point!

From the Greenville Journal

A proven solution for keeping the mentally ill out of county jails is mental health courts – an avenue for counties to identify, assess and treat people who are charged with crimes that appear to be an outgrowth of mental illness. soldes newbalance Participants go through a yearlong program with intense case management, said 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins, a strong advocate of this approach. The charges are dismissed on successful completion of the program, removing obstacles to future employment and success, Wilkins said. “They hold the person accountable in a courtroom setting,” he said at a December meeting on the subject. Mental health courts are not funded by the state Legislature, and Greenville, Charleston and Columbia are the only South Carolina counties with a court in operation. soldes newbalance chaussures While reportedly successful, Anderson County’s program was shuttered in 2008 when funding was cut. Since the Greenville court launched in 2005, 82 defendants have entered the program and 55 graduated, for a 75 percent completion rate, Wilkins said. Less than 10 percent have been charged with new crimes, he said. When a grant financing Greenville’s court program ran out, Wilkins’ office joined with probate judges and the Greenville Mental Health and Piedmont Mental Health agencies to keep the Greenville court running. acheter newbalance All volunteer their time, he said. Enrollment is capped at 15 participants per year – a number that “could easily quadruple” if funding could be found to meet the need, Wilkins said. Chaussures Homme New Balance Greenville’s program is “not as robust as I’d like it to be.

House Gives Key Approval to Mental Health Courts Bill

August 13th, 2015 Posted by Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 0 thoughts on “House Gives Key Approval to Mental Health Courts Bill”

May 13th, 2015

Tim Smith wrote a nice piece in the Greenville News this morning about the SC House passing bill S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act. This is an exciting victory in South Carolina, and we hope to see many more in the coming months and years!

Read the full article in the Greenville News

The House gave key approval Tuesday to a bill to expand the state’s mental health courts. New Balance Baskets The 98-2 vote came after no debate. acheter newbalance After a final reading, the bill will head to Gov. new balance 2018 Nikki Haley. acheter newbalance Mental health courts divert mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into treatment programs, much as drug courts do for drug offenders. new balance sitemap Currently, three mental health courts operate in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston. Grants for their operation ran out years ago but they have continued to operate, officials say. soldes newbalance Two other courts have closed in recent years due to lack of funding. soldes newbalance chaussures “It’s nice to see both bodies working together for the greater good of our state,” said Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate who proposed the bill last year [….] “Hopefully, this is the beginning of years of mental health reform to come.” Blough and other supporters for the bill, including Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Camden Democrat who authored the bill, have argued the legislation would save lives and taxpayers’ dollars.

Advocacy Alert for the Mental Health Court Program Act

August 13th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Advocacy Alert for the Mental Health Court Program Act”

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. newbalance pas cher 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. Chaussures NEW BALANCE 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. Chaussures New Balance “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. acheter newbalance Dist. new balance sitemap 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.

S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act Passes the SC House!

August 12th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Media 0 thoughts on “S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act Passes the SC House!”

May 12th, 2015

Exciting news today as the Mental Health Court Program Act has passed the SC House! Today, bill S.426 received a second reading in the SC House of Representatives, and will move on to a third reading before being presented to Governor Nikki Haley to be signed into law! The Mental Health Court Program Act will work towards all 46 counties in South Carolina having a mental health court program, which will help save the lives of mentally ill individuals who by providing a system that diverts mentally ill offenders to appropriate treatment programs instead of jails. new balance pas cher This is a huge step forward for mental health reform in our state. soldes newbalance Paton and Rehinge have been working hard towards getting this bill passed, and your efforts of contacting your local legislature politicians has been invaluable as well! We’re looking forward to this bill being signed into law soon! Quote from SC Representative Dan Hamilton

The SC House just passed S.426 which provides a system to divert mentally ill offenders to appropriate treatment rather than incarceration. Chaussures Homme New Balance Kudos to Paton Blough for his effective citizen-lobbyist effort to get this bill passed. new balance 2018 It now goes to the Governor.

Quote from SC Senator Vincent Sheheen

Our Mental Health Court Bill just passed the House of Representatives! This will help the mentally ill get the treatment they need while saving our costs of incarceration. New Balance Baskets Femme So thankful for all the bipartisan support.

SC House Representative Letter & Contact

August 10th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy 1 thought on “SC House Representative Letter & Contact”

Following here is a sample letter/speech that you can use to email or call your local SC House Representative. You can find who your local House Representative is by clicking here, or feel free to contact multiple representatives in your area by looking through the list below. soldes newbalance Below the letter here is a list of the House Representatives as well, along with their email addresses, phone numbers and districts. Your help in supporting S.426, The Mental Health Court Program Act, is greatly appreciated!

To the honorable Representative’s Name, My name is Your Name from Your Location, SC, and I am writing you in regards to the SC Bill S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act, that has recently passed in the SC Senate and will be moving to the House soon. I am urging you to please support and educate yourself on this bill as it moves into the House. The Mental Health Court Program Act will work to expand the three already-existing mental health court programs in SC to all 46 counties in the state. vente de newbalance The passing of this bill will help to save the lives of many mentally ill individuals in SC, along with millions of dollars in the state’s budget. Chaussures Homme New Balance Mental health courts divert qualifying mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into appropriate programs for treatment. soldes newbalance A study by the Ohio State Bar estimates that mentally ill inmates will use $40,000 of prison services annually. Whereas, mentally ill individuals who go through mental health courts, which use existing services, can save the state tens of thousands of dollars annually per individual. According to Richland County’s mental health court program, 83.3% of mentally ill individuals who complete mental health programs are never committed or arrested again. new balance Homme pas cher According to Greenville’s mental health court program, 51 out of 78 individuals have completed the program, saving the state of SC over 2 million dollars. Please do support and educate yourself on this crucial bill as it passes through into the House. It not only helps to benefit the lives of those with mental illness in our community, but will also save our beautiful state of SC millions of dollars annually that can be used to fund other needs.

List of SC House Representatives – 2015

Bill Whitmire – Email: billwhitmire@schouse.gov – Phone: (803) 734-3068 – District 1, Oconee County Bill Sandifer, III – Email: billsandifer@schouse.gov – Phone: (803) 734-3015 – District 2, Oconee & Pickens Counties B.R.

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