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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.

The Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere to Go

May 13th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “The Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere to Go”

May 13, 2014

An amazingly detailed and tragically beautiful article from USA today about the state of mental health in the United States. It’s a bit of a read, but well worth it to take the time to learn more about the sad state of US mental health care and its cost.

Read the Full Article on the USA Today Website

More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a USA TODAY special report shows.

The mentally ill who have nowhere to go and find little sympathy from those around them often land hard in emergency rooms, county jails and city streets. The lucky ones find homes with family. The unlucky ones show up in the morgue.

“We have replaced the hospital bed with the jail cell, the homeless shelter and the coffin,” says Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a child psychologist leading an effort to remodel the mental health system. “How is that compassionate?”

States looking to save money have pared away both the community mental health services designed to keep people healthy, as well as the hospital care needed to help them heal after a crisis.

tates have been reducing hospital beds for decades, because of insurance pressures as well as a desire to provide more care outside institutions. Tight budgets during the recession forced some of the most devastating cuts in recent memory, says Robert Glover, executive director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. States cut $5 billion in mental health services from 2009 to 2012. In the same period, the country eliminated at least 4,500 public psychiatric hospital beds — nearly 10% of the total supply, he says.

The result is that, all too often, people with mental illness get no care at all.

Nearly 40% of adults with “severe” mental illness — such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder — received no treatment in the previous year, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Among adults with any mental illness, 60% were untreated.

Read the Full Article on the USA Today Website

Greenville County Mental Health Court Presentation

April 14th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Greenville County Mental Health Court Presentation”

Greenville County Mental Health Court Presentation

Paton Blough has created a presentation pushing for a SC bill for mental health courts. The presentation includes mental health statistics throughout the nation and South Carolina, and shows the This presentation will be shown at the Greenville County delegation on 4-14-2014 by Paton Blough. The council meeting will include 7 Senators and 15 House members from the state.

View & Download the Presentation

Overcrowded, Underfunded Jail Tip of Issue

March 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. Mentally ill inmates are being detained grossly past their completed sentences because hospital beds for the mentally ill are simply not available. 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.

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. As of March 4, there were 210 inmates being held by the Sheriff’s Department locally, more than double the capacity.

For some, the wait is indefinite.

“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. These are not just people waiting for evaluations, these are people who need medical help, and we can’t give that to them here.”

Read the Full Article on The Easley Progress News Site

Paton on the Russ Cassell Show: Support H.R. 3717

December 23rd, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Audio, Media, Published Media 2 thoughts on “Paton on the Russ Cassell Show: Support H.R. 3717”

December 23, 2013

Paton Blough is pushing for support and co-sponsors for federal bill, H.R. 3717 “Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013”, on the Russ Cassell show. If you live in the Upstate of South Carolina, please call Trey Gowdy at (202) 225.6030 and let him know you support this bill. If you live elsewhere in the US, simply go to House.gov to find out who your US Representative is and give that person a call or send them an email. Remember this bill will save lives!

Paton Speaking Alongside Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Patrick Kennedy in DC

May 4th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton Speaking Alongside Sen. Al Franken and Rep. Patrick Kennedy in DC”

May 4th, 2015

Tomorrow at noon, May 5th, in Washington DC, Paton Blough will be speaking for the Stepping Up initiative, alongside of US Senator Al Franken and US Representative Patrick Kennedy. 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. Here’s hoping that Paton, Senator Franken, Representative Kennedy and other speakers can inspire action throughout the country for mental health reform!

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.

To kick off the initiative there will be four launch events around the country, starting on May 5. The events will be livestreamed here.​ If you can, please join us in person or plan to watch the livestream.

Paton Stepping Up in Washington DC

April 28th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Media, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Paton Stepping Up in Washington DC”
Paton speaking in front of the SC capital court house in 2014

April 28th, 2015

On May 5th in Washington DC, Paton Blough will be speaking for the Stepping Up initiative, where he will talk about his personal experiences with type 1 bipolar, his recovery and advocacy efforts.

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.

To kick off the initiative there will be four launch events around the country, starting on May 5. The events will be livestreamed here.​ If you can, please join us in person or plan to watch the livestream. Click the links below for more details and to register:

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