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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.

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!

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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.

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.

Mental Health Court Program Act Passes!

August 2nd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Media 0 thoughts on “Mental Health Court Program Act Passes!”

June 2nd, 2015

Exciting news! The Mental Health Court Program Act, bill S.426, was signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley! This a great victory for South Carolina and mental health reform. The Mental Health Court Program Act will help establish a mental health court program in every county in the state, which will help divert indicted mentally ill people to appropriated mental health programs instead of jails and prisons. new balance Homme pas cher We still have a long way to go for mental health reform, but for now we can celebrate this great victory! A HUGE thank you to everyone that helped us get this bill passed! Your calls, emails and support helped make this law a reality; you deserve the greatest thanks for your efforts. Here’s a word of thanks from Paton: I just received a call from the Governors office that S.426 The Mental Health Court Program Act was officially signed into law by Governor Haley…. acheter newbalance en ligne A special huge thanks and congratulations to everyone who wrote emails, made phone calls, shared posts etc to make this happen. acheter newbalance I am especially thankful for Vincent Sheheen who authored the bill and for Senator Shane Massey who kept it going with strength. newbalance 2018 We also could not have done this with out all the help from the media! Thank you Greenville News, Wyff 4, WSPA, WORD Radio, WLTX Columbia , The State News, The Greenville Journal, The Washington Times, The AP, Eric G. Wood, Liz Lohuis Stanislawski , April Morris, Tim Smith, Liv Osby, Gordon Dill, and Joyce Koh. chaussures newbalance pas cher Finally thank you is well deserved for the support of Marie Limnios Dunn-Blough and her team from Redhype with the point person being the fabulous designer, copywriter and web guru Mika Hearn.

Rehinge at NAMI Walks Greenville

August 20th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Rehinge at NAMI Walks Greenville”

Stomp Out Stigma with Rehinge at NAMI Walks Greenville!

In just a little over 2 weeks (June 7th at 9am) we are having our annual Greenville 5K NAMI Walk at Furman University and we need you to come and support our Rehinge team! If you would like to walk with us, new balance sitemap please sign up with team Rehinge on the NAMIWalks site. newbalance 2018 pas cher However, new balance sitemap if you are not able to attend the walk, acheter newbalance please consider giving $1 or even $100 dollars to NAMI Greenville by donating to our team. new balance femme pas cher The goal for our team is to raise $1,000 and I know with your help we can do that! Donate to the Rehinge Team! Remember, 100% of your donation goes to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Greenville, soldes newbalance SC that supports Mental Health Advocacy in our community and around the country. NAMI programs like Crisis Intervention Team training and support groups help save lives and we want you to feel like you are a part of our team. soldes newbalance We are all collectively building a wall that is being seen and one day will be so high that it will no longer be able to be ignored! Please come out and join us and be part of the fun and fellowship and help raise money for this most amazing cause.

redhype-test.com/rehinge To Raise A Voice Of Hope For Mental Health

August 16th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 1 thought on “redhype-test.com/rehinge To Raise A Voice Of Hope For Mental Health”

Greenville mental health advocate and speaker Paton Blough launches website to connect, inspire those affected by mental illness Greenville, S.C. newbalance 2018 – Oct. Chaussures NEW BALANCE 16, 2013 – redhype-test.com/rehinge, which went live on Oct. soldes newbalance 15, is a brand-new online forum for the mental health community, as well as the web presence of local mental health advocate and speaker Paton Blough. soldes newbalance chaussures The Rehinge site provides a comprehensive list of resources for those affected by mental health issues, fights the stigma surrounding mental illness and promotes appropriate governmental advocacy. soldes new balance chaussures In keeping with the unique narrative surrounding the national mental health conversation, the website also shares Blough’s personal story, detailing his descent into psychosis and subsequent recovery through proper treatment and support. Designed and built by Greenville advertising agency Redhype, the Rehinge site takes a comprehensive look at issues surrounding mental illness, connects users to mental health organizations and recovery resources, offers a forum for sharing personal stories, provides links to advocacy organizations and more. soldes newbalance “The site launch is a culmination of my work over the past few years,” said Blough. “Through Rehinge, we really want to put a face on mental illness and connect people who might otherwise be suffering silently.” Blough, 39, was diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder at age 26. soldes newbalance After starting a family and building a multi-million dollar tree-cutting business, manic episodes set off a chain of events that ended in arrest, hospitalization, incarceration, financial ruin, losing contact with his children and foreclosure on his home. With the help of NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness) Greenville, intensive therapy and his second wife, the former Marie Dunn, Paton has been free from severe depression and psychosis for more than four years. Now a full-time speaker and mental health advocate, Paton hopes that Rehinge will serve as a platform to elevate mental health issues in the national discourse and become a pathway for touching as many lives as possible.

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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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    • Program Director NAMI Greenville, SC
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