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Prisons Department: Almost $900K Spent Defending Lawsuit

August 12th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Prisons Department: Almost $900K Spent Defending Lawsuit”

February 12, 2014

South Carolina has spent almost $900,000 on defending the Department of Corrections for their mistreatment of mentally ill inmates. Judge Baxley has already ruled for the state to develop a plan to improve the state’s handling of mentally ill prisoners, but the state is currently trying to appeal this ruling—spending more and more tax payer money to not correct the problem. new balance 2018 pas cher Help us fight back against this appeal by signing our petition! You can also take the time to read Rehinge’s mental health reform proposed changes to the SC Department of Corrections.

Read the Full Article on the Greenville News Website

COLUMBIA — The state has spent almost $900,000 with a private law firm since 2005, defending the Department of Corrections against a lawsuit asking for better treatment of inmates with serious mental illness, the agency has confirmed. acheter newbalance en ligne Circuit Judge Michael Baxley last month found that the state’s prison system has repeatedly violated the rights of the seriously mentally ill, in some cases resulting in their deaths, and ordered the agency to develop a plan of improvements within six months. acheter newbalance His 45-page order included individual horror stories, including cases in which inmates were placed in solitary for years, strapped into restraining chairs in painful positions and left naked and in filth in cold, empty cells. new balance sitemap Sen. acheter newbalance en ligne Karl Allen, a Greenville lawyer and a member of the Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, said the amount spent on defending against the suit is “almost borderline ridiculous.”

Later in the article, Paton Blough was interviewed by the Greenville News:

Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate, had asked the prison system for the amount it spent defending itself from the lawsuit. soldes newbalance chaussures “I think it’s a tragic waste,” he said of the money spent.

Haley Needs to Address Treatment of Inmates

August 10th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Haley Needs to Address Treatment of Inmates”

Posted in the Letter to the Editor section of the Greenville News on February 09, 2014

I am somewhat appalled at the lack of response from Gov. Chaussures Homme New Balance Nikki Haley after Judge Michael Baxley highlighted the way our Department of Corrections has been abusing the severely mentally ill in our prisons. Gov. chaussures newbalance pas cher Haley had the opportunity during her State of the State Address to mention these issues along with a plan to remedy this situation but instead decided to remain silent. newbalance 2018 She has also yet to respond to a letter signed by over 300 of her constituents and over a dozen elected officials asking her to drop the appeal that was immediately mentioned after the ruling came down. Judge Baxley highlighted in his 45-page ruling how some inmates with severe psychotic disorders have been in solitary confinement for years, and in tat least one case where a man died with rotting food trays surrounding him. chaussures newbalance pas cher Judge Baxley has given the state six months to come up with a plan to make the necessary changes. soldes newbalance chaussures It’s time we all wake up to the fact that we need to invest in our mental health system in this state to avoid the higher fiscal and human cost down the road. new balance femme pas cher The real solution is to come up with a plan that would stop the vicious, expensive cycle of why the mentally ill end up in prisons in the first place. acheter newbalance If we could stop 3,000 severely mentally ill from being incarcerated we would save over $52 million annually in the Corrections costs alone.

Judge: Prisons Mistreat Mentally Ill

August 9th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Judge: Prisons Mistreat Mentally Ill”

January 09, 2014

Read the full article in the Greenville News.

COLUMBIA — The state’s prison system has failed its inmates who have serious mental health illness, according to a scathing, 45-page ruling by a state judge who detailed cases in which inmates were placed in solitary for years, put naked into restraining chairs in painful positions and left naked and in filth in cold, empty cells. newbalance chaussures Circuit Judge Michael Baxley ruled Wednesday that the South Carolina Department of Corrections had violated the constitutional rights of prisoners with serious mental illness. soldes newbalance The agency late Wednesday issued a three-sentence statement saying it would appeal Baxley’s decision. NEW BALANCE en France “Mental health is not just a corrections’ problem, it’s a national problem that all sectors of society are working to address,” the agency said in its statement. new balance sitemap The agency didn’t address any of the specific allegations.

Judge: SC Corrections Dept. Must Improve Inmate Mental Health

August 9th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 1 thought on “Judge: SC Corrections Dept. Must Improve Inmate Mental Health”

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There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals

August 9th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals”

There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals

April 09, 2014

Our prisons are currently being overrun by mentally ill inmates. These people should be given a place in psychiatric hospital beds, but instead our country is sending them to prison. This article from Mother Jones puts the issue into perspective. soldes newbalance chaussures

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Severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are brain diseases—biological conditions like heart disease or epilepsy. Yet in this country, the institutions most likely to be treating people with these illnesses are not hospitals, but rather jails and prisons. According to a new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), a nonprofit advocacy organization, the United States has fully returned to the 18th-century model of incarcerating the mentally ill in correctional institutions rather than treating them in health care facilities like any other sick people. new balance Homme pas cher In 2012, there were roughly 356,268 inmates with severe mental illnesses in prisons and jails, while only 35,000 people with the same diseases were in state psychiatric hospitals. The numbers of incarcerated mentally ill have been growing, and TAC reports that their treatment in the corrections system is nothing less than abominable. NEW BALANCE en France Mentally ill inmates are more likely to become the victims of sexual assault and abuse. acheter newbalance They’re also overrepresented in solitary confinement, and they are much more likely than other prisoners to commit suicide. Putting the mentally ill in jails instead of hospitals isn’t saving the government any money. In Washington state, for instance, in 2009, the most seriously mentally ill inmates cost more than $100,000 a year to confine, compared with $30,000 for others. soldes newbalance One reason for the disparity: According to the report, mentally ill people tend to stay in jail longer than other prisoners because they aren’t likely to get bail and also because they are often chronic rule-breakers. chaussures new balance For example, according to the report, in Florida’s Orange County jail most inmates stay an average of 26 days, but mentally ill inmates are there for 51 days on average. new balance 2018 Even worse is New York’s Rikers Island jail, where last month a homeless, mentally ill veteran, who’d been arrested for sleeping on the roof of a public housing project, “basically baked to death” in his cell. The average stay for an inmate at Rikers is 42 days.

Overcrowded, Underfunded Jail Tip of Issue

August 7th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Overcrowded, Underfunded Jail Tip of Issue”

Sheriff Rick Clark gives The Progress exclusive look inside facility

March 6, 2014

Shocking information about the overcrowded conditions of the Pickens County Detention Center in South Carolina has come to light. Chaussures New Balance Mentally ill inmates are being detained grossly past their completed sentences because hospital beds for the mentally ill are simply not available. chaussures newbalance pas cher South Carolina desperately needs more hospital beds available for mentally ill individuals.

Read the Full Article on The Easley Progress News Site

The housing of detainees for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department is difficult enough, but when a lack of funding in the mental health system of the state makes matters worse, there are few options available. newbalance pas cher In a 1970’s facility rated for 93 beds, equating to 93 inmates, the Pickens County Detention Center is faced with an overcrowding issue that goes beyond just housing inmates and extends to housing those awaiting beds at state mental facilities. new balance pas cher As of March 4, there were 210 inmates being held by the Sheriff’s Department locally, more than double the capacity. soldes newbalance For some, the wait is indefinite. newbalance 2018 pas cher “One of our inmates has waited for 568 days for a bed, and although he is finally in Columbia, that’s a year and a half when you do the math,” Jail Administrator Captain Keith Galloway explained. “We have another that’s waited 544 days.

Paton & Governor Nikki Haley on Bob McLain Show

August 6th, 2014 Posted by Audio, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Paton & Governor Nikki Haley on Bob McLain Show”

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Paton calls into the show with Governor Nikki Haley on as well, newbalance pas cher and asks her about mental health reform. solde newbalance map Paton talks about the reduction in mental health funding in South Carolina. New Balance Homme Paton asks if it would not be fiscally beneficial to increase mental health spending to help prevent issues that lack of funding would later cause. newbalance 2018 Governor Haley responds that she would like more mental health support groups and organizations in more rural areas in the state, chaussures new balance along with substance abuse prevention.

Police Being Sued for Shooting Three Emotionally Disturbed People

August 29th, 2013 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Police Being Sued for Shooting Three Emotionally Disturbed People”

After reading this article I was shocked that one of the most progressive cities in America would not have fully implemented Crisis Intervention Teams by now. I want to be careful not to appear like a police basher on my blog, but I want the reader to know why I am so passionate about CIT. soldes new balance chaussures I sincerely admire officers that swear to protect perfect strangers with their lives, but with out proper training instituted by upper levels of law enforcement they can unwittingly become perpetrators of crime. Chaussures Homme New Balance CIT training purely and simply saves lives! When organizations like NAMI give CIT training to those officers who are on the front lines about how to de-escalate a mental health crisis, that training saves lives and a lot of money at the same time. Occasionally, I do like to point a finger at the root of a problem. Keep in mind our current government has failed our country’s mentally ill over the last 50 years. new balance femme pas cher We have reduced the number of psychiatric hospital beds available from 550,000 to 45,000, while growing a mentally ill inmate population of over 1.2 million individuals. Police have to arrest and charge these people and then deal with it all over again when they are released. Only a handful of correction facilities offer meaningful counseling or therapy for prisoners while they are locked up. acheter newbalance We treat people with a medical condition worse than our pets and expect them to get better? This could truly be the definition of insanity. Our illustrious elected officials thought that de-institutionalizing the mentally ill would save money while improving lives. acheter newbalance en ligne Ha! Sorry, Mr. Esteemed Elected Official, if you don’t fund mental health treatments, you end up with an epidemic like we see today that has costs in the billions. Lives have been lost, money has been lost, and we have a police force on the front lines without proper training dealing with this travesty on a daily basis. New Balance Baskets Femme CIT training is definitely needed across our nation like never before, but as we push for more training lets not forget the root of the problem and push for meaningful mental health reform!

Excerpt From Article: AlterNet.org

The last words Elsa Cruz heard her husband say, in response to the police officers banging on his locked front door, were: “Don’t knock on my door, it’s against my will.”

She’ll never forget what came next.

“I heard, bluh, bluh, bluh – the sound of the tool as they broke the door down. new balance 2018 pas cher There was silence, then a loud bang.”

The shot hit her husband, Samuel, a Puerto Rican artist living in New Rochelle, New York, in the chest, and left him dying a pool of blood in their homes.

The encounter that led to the shooting, which happened in May of this year, began when Cruz, 55, called 911 to try to get medical help for her husband, who had become agitated. When police arrived, she told them that he had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but did not have a weapon. She begged them to allow her to talk to him, but they refused and told her to stay away.

Dozens push for more mental health funding

August 7th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Media, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Dozens push for more mental health funding”

Mental health budget in South Carolina slashed 40% in last three years


Link to Original Video: WYFF4.com

GREENVILLE, S.C. newbalance pas cher —Dozens gathered at the Mental Health Center in Greenville Thursday night with one goal in mind: finding resources for the mentally ill. The mental health budget in South Carolina has been cut 40% in the last three years, something advocates say is unacceptable. newbalance 2018 Every year the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) gives states grades based on how well they’re dealing with mental illness. soldes new balance chaussures In 2011, South Carolina received an “F.” Department of Mental Health State Director John Magill has been traveling from county to county, outlining the state’s biggest challenges when it comes to serving those with mental illness. And it all comes down to funding. New Balance Homme “We’ve got to figure out a way to put more resources, build more partnerships with organizations in the community and have a bigger presence in the schools,” said Magill. Those at Thursday’s forum said lawmakers have been receptive to their push. Shortly after the Newtown Connecticut shooting, Governor Nikki Haley made this statement. “You know what, we’ve put mental health off long enough, when I saw it when we came in it was bare bone and it is because there is always next year. newbalance 2018 pas cher And that’s what everybody does, there is always next year until a Connecticut happens,” said Haley. New Balance Baskets Advocates just hope those words will turn into action.

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Letter to the Editor: Restore Funding

August 28th, 2011 Posted by Advocacy, Letters, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor: Restore Funding”

Published: Herald Independent, Oct. 28, 2011

As we consider the financial crises taking place in our state, there is a sector of our population that has perhaps taken the worst hit of all—the mentally ill and their families. newbalance 2018 It is a statistical fact that during economic downturns, those with mental illness suffer worse financial stress. The State of S.C. Chaussures NEW BALANCE has severely slashed the budget for the mentally ill – over 40 percent in the last three years, from $220 million to $130 million. Yet, the net result is that there are no actual savings for the tax payer! Consider that outpatient treatment comes to an annual expense of only $2,400 per individual. Unfortunately, when this treatment is not available to the mentally ill, it results in these individuals going to hospitals or prisons, which are a far worse and much more expensive environments to receive care. New Balance Baskets The Department of Corrections spends over $17,000 each year per inmate, and this is not taking into account police costs, court costs, public defenders, etc. soldes newbalance An estimated 55 percent of the prisoner population suffers from the medical issue of mental illness. solde newbalance map This leads to severe behavioral problems and, in some cases, suicide.

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