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Man Vows to Climb Every Day Until Mental Health Bill Passes

August 9th, 2015 Posted by Media 0 thoughts on “Man Vows to Climb Every Day Until Mental Health Bill Passes”

The Washington Times have written an article about Paton hiking on Table Rock.

Read the full article in the Washington Times

Paton Blough has first-hand experience with mental health court. soldes new balance chaussures After he landed in jail during a bipolar episode, he went through the program, which channels mentally ill offenders into treatment instead of the criminal justice system. Now the 38-year-old Greenville man has vowed to climb Table Rock every day until a bill that establishes a statewide mental health court program is passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor. newbalance 2018 “If I hadn’t gone to mental health court,” he told The Greenville News, “I could be a prisoner today – or dead.” The bill, S.426, passed the Senate by a vote of 40-0 last month. It was sent to the House on March 31. newbalance chaussures Blough said his climb each morning is symbolic of the struggle that people with mental illness face. But it’s worth the effort, he said, because it will save lives. new balance sitemap Mental health court intervenes so that people with a brain illness are rehabilitated instead of punished, he said. solde newbalance map “If somebody had a seizure and killed somebody because they passed out in a car, we don’t think they should be put in prison, but given help,” he said. Chaussures Homme New Balance “If someone is put in prison for two, three or five years, they are more screwed up when they come out.” 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.

Paton’s Presentation at the Riley Institute

August 7th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton’s Presentation at the Riley Institute”

Here is Paton’s presentation at the Riley Institute last week. new balance pas cher He had the honor of speaking along side of others involved with criminal justice system in SC. newbalance 2018 Together they discussed experiences and possibilities for improving SC’s justice and prison system,

Bipolar Teen’s Death in Police Station Highlights Rift Between Cops and Mentally Ill

August 6th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 1 thought on “Bipolar Teen’s Death in Police Station Highlights Rift Between Cops and Mentally Ill”

February 06, 2015

Yahoo News has recently published an excellent article about the tragic death of Kristiana Coignard, a teenage girl with bipolar disorder who was shot down in a Texas police station. vente de newbalance This story shows how CIT training is needed for police throughout the whole US. chaussures new balance Paton is also interviewed and quoted in the story, discussing the need for CIT.

Read the full article on Yahoo News

Kristiana Coignard walked into the lobby of an East Texas police station last month with a knife in her waistband and “I have a gun” written on her hand. After asking for help, she instigated a scuffle with police officers that ended in her shooting death. A few days later, police released a security video of the encounter as proof that the officers who shot Coignard were justified in doing so. She was 17 years old.

She also, according to her aunt, Heather Robertson, had been struggling with depression and bipolar disorder for much of her life. Robertson told ThinkProgress that two separate suicide attempts had landed her niece in the hospital in recent years but that Coignard had been keeping up with regular therapy and medication since December, when she came to live with her aunt in Longview, Texas.

“I think it was a cry for help,” Robertson said of the police interaction that ended in Coignard’s death. new balance pas cher “I think they could have done something. They are grown men. I think there is something they are not telling us.”

Coignard’s story is as tragic as it is tragically unexceptional. In fact, the recently piqued public interest in police brutality seems to have revealed Americans with mental illness as the population most vulnerable to excessive or unnecessary use of force by law enforcement.
The absence of abundant, affordable and easily accessible mental health services has seen a comparative rise in the number of mentally ill inmates, parolees, emergency room patients and, though fortunately less common, police casualties.

“What you see on the news is just the tip of the of the iceberg,” Usher said, referring to stories like Kristiana Coignard’s or Keith Vidal’s. “The absolute worst situations get the attention, but they reveal just a tiny percentage of this huge tragedy.”

Paton Blough found himself in the middle of this tragedy 10 years ago. After successfully managing his bipolar disorder with therapy and medication for about three years, an extreme manic episode launched him on a terrifying tour of the criminal justice system. He was arrested six times within three years, racking up a variety of felony and misdemeanor convictions. new balance sitemap He cycled in and out of jail and mental hospitals, ruled by paranoid delusions and extreme depression, before a jail counselor finally helped him get his psychosis and severe depression under control. It was on the road to recovery that Blough learned about NAMI and, eventually, the CIT program.

In 2010, Blough was back on track, living in Greenville, South Carolina, with his new wife when Andrew Torres, a local man with mental illness, died after he was tased in a tussle with police. Torres’s death showed Blough just how lucky he was in comparison. soldes newbalance After all the pepper spray, Tasers and batons he’d been hit with in his many police altercations, he’d never even been seriously injured. He decided to get involved with NAMI that year and has been sharing his story with police officers undergoing CIT training across the country since.

“Advocacy, being able to tell my story, is a big part of my recovery,” Blough told Yahoo News. “It makes me feel better to think that maybe this stuff happened for a reason.

Paton in DC – Stepping Up for Mental Health

August 6th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media, Speaking Events, Video 0 thoughts on “Paton in DC – Stepping Up for Mental Health”

Paton Blough delivered a wonderful speech about his life with mental illness, his recovery and his advocacy efforts at the Stepping Up initiative in Washington DC. Paton had the honor of speaking along with Representative Patrick Kennedy and Senator Al Franken. newbalance 2018 Rep Kennedy, the head of the Kennedy Forum–an organization working toward lasting change in the way mental health and addictions are treated in our healthcare system. acheter newbalance en ligne Following are some highlights from Paton’s speech   paton-kennedy-dc What is Stepping Up? Stepping Up is a national initiative designed to push counties nationwide to work on access to mental health treatment and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. new balance pas cher 2018 NAMI is working with a powerful coalition of national organizations, including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties, the American Psychiatric Foundation and numerous law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse organizations. Chaussures NEW BALANCE The initiative will challenge county, state and local leaders to work together to find solutions that work for the local community. Counties will be asked to follow a step-by-step process to build partnerships, assess current practices and develop a plan to implement research-based programs and services. newbalance 2018 It will also support local leaders by providing resources and examples of effective reforms and connecting them with other communities that are successfully reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails.

Local Agencies Seek Solutions for Mental Health Issues

August 6th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Local Agencies Seek Solutions for Mental Health Issues”

March 06, 2015

April Morris of the Greenville Journal has written an excellent piece in the Greenville Journal as a follow up to the recent Mental Health Round-Table that Rehinge and Redhype sponsored a couple of weeks ago. newbalance 2018 pas cher

Read the full article in the Greenville Journal

Representatives from Upstate agencies and providers met at the Commerce Club in Greenville recently to discuss service gaps and find ways to support residents struggling with mental illness.

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“We have a tremendous opportunity in our community to do something different,” said National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Greenville executive director Ken Dority in support of mental health courts. Those at the Greenville roundtable also praised crisis intervention training (CIT), which helps law enforcement officers de-escalate a situation with someone in crisis. Since Greenville police officers began receiving CIT training in 2010, only 15 out of 168 crisis cases resulted in the use of force in 2013, said Capt. new balance pas cher Stacey Owens. chaussures new balance Rich Jones, director of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR), said more everyday support is needed. newbalance 2018 “The best crisis intervention is what is done between the crises,” he said. Attendees voiced a wide variety of ideas to address the challenges the mentally ill and their families face.

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S. 209 Advocacy Letter Example

August 5th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Media 0 thoughts on “S. 209 Advocacy Letter Example”

January 05, 2015

Recently, SC Senator Vincent Sheheen pre-filed the SC legislative bill, S. 209, the Mental Health Court Program Act, which is designed to advance the three existing mental health courts in SC to all 46 counties. However, we need your help to get more legislative support for this bill! We need you to call and write your SC senator to ask them to be a co-sponsor of S. newbalance pas cher 209! Read more about the Mental Health Court Program Act.

In order to help you out in contacting your senator, we’ve put together a letter or phone call example that you can use. NEW BALANCE en France Simply put your senator’s name and your own name into the body below and email, write, or call your local SC senator. Help fight for mental health reform in SC!
To the honorable Senator YOUR SENATOR’S NAME,

My name is YOUR NAME from YOUR LOCATION, SC, and I am writing you in regards to the SC Bill S. acheter newbalance en ligne 209, the Mental Health Court Program Act that was recently pre-filed by Senator Vincent Sheheen. I am urging you to co-sponsor and support this bill as it passes through the senate. S. new balance 2018 pas cher 209 will work to expand the three already-existing mental health courts in SC to all 46 counties in the state. The passing of this bill will save the lives of many mentally ill individuals in SC, along with millions of dollars in the state’s budget. Mental health courts divert qualifying mentally ill offenders away from the criminal justice system and into appropriate programs for treatment.

A study by the Ohio State Bar estimates that mentally ill inmates will use $40,000 of prison services annually. Chaussures Homme New Balance 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. 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 consider co-sponsoring and supporting this bill as it passes through legislation.

Paton Speaking Live in DC for Stepping Up

August 5th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton Speaking Live in DC for Stepping Up”

May 5th, soldes newbalance 2015

Paton is Speaking Up today alongside of US Senator Al Franken and US Representative Patrick Kennedy and other mental health speakers! Mental health is an issue where all political sides can come together and find mental health treatments and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. chaussures new balance

You can view this event live on Stepping Up’s stream!


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Stepping Up is a national initiative designed to push counties nationwide to work on access to mental health treatment and alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses. NAMI is working with a powerful coalition of national organizations, New Balance Homme including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, chaussures newbalance pas cher the National Association of Counties, the American Psychiatric Foundation and numerous law enforcement, new balance femme pas cher mental health and substance abuse organizations. New Balance Baskets The initiative will challenge county, NEW BALANCE en France state and local leaders to work together to find solutions that work for the local community. Counties will be asked to follow a step-by-step process to build partnerships, assess current practices and develop a plan to implement research-based programs and services.

Greenville Mental Health Advocate Pushes for Federal Funding

August 4th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 1 thought on “Greenville Mental Health Advocate Pushes for Federal Funding”

December 4th, 2015

The Greenville Journal wrote an article yesterday on Paton’s meeting with Trey Gowdy where he announced his support and cosponsorship for HR731, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015. New Balance Baskets Femme We are still trying to get the rest of South Carolina’s Congressional delegation to support HR731 as well. Click here to learn more about how you can reach out to SC’s delegates to get them to support HR731.

Read the Full Article on the Greenville Journal’s Website

Greenville mental health advocate Paton Blough last week met with U.S. soldes new balance chaussures Rep. newbalance chaussures Trey Gowdy and convinced him to support federal legislation that would help fund mental health treatment courts. newbalance pas cher Blough, who benefitted from a mental health court program and is a state board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), started a petition campaign this fall to run against Gowdy. In a letter to the congressman, he said Gowdy lacked “leadership in the area of mental health reform.” “The reason I got into this race… was to make the point of the needed mental health reform,” Blough said. However, the evening after the meeting between Gowdy and Blough, which County Councilman Bob Taylor also attended, one of Gowdy’s staffers emailed Blough to let him know that Gowdy would sign on as a cosponsor of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015. chaussures newbalance pas cher The bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee’s Crime Subcommittee, which Gowdy sits on, and Blough said he was excited and hoped Gowdy’s leadership would aid the passage of the bill.

Crime & Punishment – Paton Speaking at the Riley Institute Summer Series

August 3rd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Crime & Punishment – Paton Speaking at the Riley Institute Summer Series”

July 3rd, 2015

On July 28th, Paton will be speaking at Straight Talk SC, Crime and Punishment: Thinking Outside the Cell, a summer series of presentations put on by the Riley Institute at Furman University, SC. Chaussures New Balance On the 28th, session moderator Mark Quinn will host a conversation with community members and law enforcement officers looking at the challenges facing police and the communities which they serve. soldes newbalance chaussures Paton will be among the presenters on this day where he will talk about being arrested and sent to prison due to actions related to Bipolar I Disorder. Chaussures NEW BALANCE He will also talk about his recovery work through advocacy for mental health reform, such as pushing for the passing of the Mental Health Court Program Act, and teaching CIT training to local law enforcement. chaussures newbalance pas cher

From the Riley Institute’s Website

It is clear that something is broken in today’s criminal justice system. new balance sitemap The massive growth in American prisons over the last four decades has burdened tax payers, overcrowded the prisons, and devastated vulnerable communities. new balance pas cher Strong economic arguments as well as compelling compassionate reasons exist for why we can no longer maintain the status quo.

Rise In Police Shootings Coincides With Deep Cuts In Mental Health Spending

August 3rd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Rise In Police Shootings Coincides With Deep Cuts In Mental Health Spending”

February 03, 2015

WSPA has written an excellent article and accompanying video on how mental health spending cuts has increased police shootings in South Carolina. newbalance pas cher WSPA.com

Read the full article on WSPA News 7 Website

John Pepper was killed by an Anderson County deputy in December 2014. 9-1-1 calls made by Pepper show he was armed, angry and suicidal. soldes new balance chaussures His death was the twelfth officer involved shooting in the Upstate that year and mental health experts said it was one of several that could have been prevented. chaussures newbalance pas cher Between 2009 and 2014, Upstate officer involved shootings shot up. Statistics from the SC State Law Enforcement Division show three such shootings in 2009. newbalance 2018 The same statistics show Upstate officers were involved in 16 shootings in 2011, 13 in 2012, 11 in 2013 and 12 in 2014. What changed? The I-Team reviewed the state statistics, police reports, 911 calls and witness statements looking for patterns in the shootings that could explain the increase including race, location and indeidentifyingracteristics of the suspects shot. Like John Pepper, most of the people shot by law enforcement were white. Chaussures NEW BALANCE In fact, all 12 of the people shot in the Upstate in 2014 were white. Based on the most recent population numbers, the place where officer involved shootings were most likely was Anderson County where the incidents happen at nearly twice the rate of Greenville, Spartanburg or Cherokee Counties. One trait that stood out from the data, officers were called again and again into armed confrontations with someone suffering from mental illness. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said his officers encounter mental illness daily. new balance pas cher “I think you’d see some decrease in the numbers if we could properly treat the people with mental disease in our community,” Mueller said. Mueller said his deputies might have two or more calls in a single day to take a mentally ill patient to the hospital. He said funding cuts to mental health services leave his officers as the first line of communication with some patients.

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