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Montana Presentation

October 22nd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Montana Presentation”

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This is the Paton’s PowerPoint presentation detailing his history with mental illness, and subsequent recovery and advocacy.

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. He had the honor of speaking along side of others involved with criminal justice system in SC. Together they discussed experiences and possibilities for improving SC’s justice and prison system, including how to better treat mentally ill individuals who may end up in said system.

Police, Prisons, and Public Safety

July 30th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Police, Prisons, and Public Safety”

July 30th, 2015

Paton spoke the other night at the Riley Institute on his past experiences with law enforcement and prisons in South Carolina. He covered his current advocacy work with CIT training and how it has improved the outcomes for police enounters with mentally ill individuals. He was also able to speak on the importance of mental health courts, and how the recent mental health court program act that passed in the SC legislature will help improve the lives mentally ill inmates.

I was incredibly honored to be invited to speak at this event tonight that included the Chief of police from Charleston, the Director of the SCDOC, The Director of The SCPPP, The Sheriff of Richland County and several more distinct advocates in our community including Stuart Andrews of Nelson Mullins. – Paton

The Riley Institute at Furman is also still having presentations for the next couple of weeks on prisons and the justice system in South Carolina! You can learn more about the Riley Institute’s Summer Series on their website, and how to purchase tickets. Straight Talk SC Crime and Punishment: Thinking Outside the Cell

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

July 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.

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. 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. 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.

From the Riley Institute’s Website

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

This year’s summer series will examine the data around crime, incarceration and the impact of our existing system of justice on communities, discuss our state’s law enforcement and prison system practices in light of historical and contemporary contexts, and highlight innovative programs that are being implemented in South Carolina.

Stay tuned for more information and coverage of this event in the near future!

Paton at the SVN Annual Conference

June 1st, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton at the SVN Annual Conference”

June 1st, 2015

Last week, Paton spoke at the Supervised Visitation Network Conference. Paton was featured as a plenary speaker as well as leading a workshop that addressed how trauma, mental health, and substance abuse impact our work in supervised visitation. His workshop focused on how to best serve the unique needs of these families and offer innovative approaches to enhancing our services for all participants.

Paton also discussed his work with Rehinge, while also sharing his own story and experience with bipolar type I. Paton’s speech will focused on the stigma and issues that surround mental health, and his own custody battle and experiences with supervised visitation, while also discussing treatments and options that aid in living a healthy and happy life with mental illness.

Many thanks to the Supervised Visitation Network for inviting Paton to speak during their conference! If you’d be interested in having Paton speaking for your conference or event, please visit this page.

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Below is his presentation that he will be using during his speech at the conference. View and download it below:

Download SVN Annual Conference Presentation

Paton in DC – Stepping Up for Mental Health

May 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. 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. Following are some highlights from Paton’s speech

 

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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. 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. 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. 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.

 

Paton Speaking Live in DC for Stepping Up

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

May 5th, 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.

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



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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, 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. 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. 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.

Paton Blough Speaking at Congressional Briefing on Reducing Mentally Ill in Prisons

December 10th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, Published Media, Speaking Events, Video 2 thoughts on “Paton Blough Speaking at Congressional Briefing on Reducing Mentally Ill in Prisons”

December 10th, 2014

Paton Blough had the honor of speaking at a congressional briefing in Capitol Hill on December 9th, 2014 on the need of reducing the number of mentally ill individuals in US prisons and jails.

STEPPING UP: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Recognizing the critical role local and state officials play in supporting change, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center are leading an unprecedented national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails. To build on the foundation of innovative and evidence-based practices already being implemented across the country, and to bring these efforts to scale, NACo and the CSG Justice Center plan to engage partner organizations with expertise in the complex issues at stake, including those representing sheriffs, jail administrators, judges, community corrections professionals and treatment providers, consumers, advocates, mental health and drug abuse service directors, and other stakeholders.

To see the whole hearing and learn more, please click here.

CIT Training at the SC NAMI State Conference

August 27th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “CIT Training at the SC NAMI State Conference”

The annual SC NAMI Conference was held this past weekend where NAMI members, consumers and their friend and allies came together from all over the state for education, networking and support. The conference featured a number of speakers including Dr. Kenneth Rogers from the GHS Marshal I. Pickens Hospital and Dr. Fred Frese from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine.

Paton Blough of Rehinge and Lt. Stacey Owens of the Greenville Police Department gave a presentation on CIT (crisis intervention team) training. During the presentation, Paton and Stacey discussed the statistics and benefits of the local CIT program, and how it has helped to prevent injury for both parties, avoid arrests, and help mentally ill individuals receive the medical attention that they need. Along with the presentation, Paton helped in presenting a CIT training role play session, so that the audience can see a first-hand example of how a police officer with CIT training deals with a mentally ill individual during an episode.

This CIT session comes at an interesting time in the Greenville area, as on the same day a man at a local Walmart was experiencing an episode of mental illness or drug abuse and began to accost individuals at the Walmart. You can read more about the incident on the WYFF 4 website. When police arrived the man was tased and repeatedly punched by the police officers, resulting in controversial video footage of the incident. Proper CIT training for these officers could maybe have resulted in a much more desirable outcome, and force and violence could maybe have been avoided. CIT training is crucial in helping police officers serve the community in the best way possible.

Following is a video featuring Paton as he goes through a typical role play session for CIT, and how a police officer can help deescalate a confrontation without the need to resort to force or an arrest.

Paton Blough Speaking at CIT International Conference

June 29th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton Blough Speaking at CIT International Conference”

June 29, 2014

We’re excited to announce that Paton Blough just have received notice that his workshop proposal was accepted for the CIT International conference this fall in Monterey, California! Lieutenant Owens from the GPD and Fred Riddle from NAMI will be presenting with Paton on “How to Turn Tragedy Into Success”.

CIT International and Monterey County Behavioral Health will be hosting the 2014 CIT International Conference. This year’s conference will prove to be another exciting meeting that brings informative national speakers, a variety of workshops, a time to develop or improve your CIT programs and the opportunity to network and learn from others.

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  • “It has been one of my greatest rewards as NAMI Greenville, SC Program Director to see your recovery from when we first met to your award as NAMI South Carolina’s Recovery Person of the Year to your appearance on the same stage with author Pete Early. I hope your book is every bit as successful as his has been.”

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