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It’s Outrageous: Jails and Prisons Are No Place to Treat Mental Illness; Just Ask Paton Blough

August 22nd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 1 thought on “It’s Outrageous: Jails and Prisons Are No Place to Treat Mental Illness; Just Ask Paton Blough”

May 22nd, 2015

The Huffington Post has published a piece on the cruelty and injustice in US prisons towards inmates with mental illnesses. soldes newbalance chaussures Paton is featured in the article where he talks about his experiences with the justice system and prisons as a person with bipolar. acheter newbalance The article and Paton also takes the time to talk about CIT training and how it can help aid law enforcement when dealing with mentally ill individuals.

You can read the full article on the Huffington Post website.

Human Rights Watch has released a report, Callous and Cruel, on the “unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force” used in jails and prison to control inmates with mental illness. newbalance 2018 pas cher It’s an issue that NAMI has long been concerned with, except that it’s more than an issue or a concern. It’s an outrage that should shock the conscience of America and we need your help to change it. People unfortunately often end up in jail or prison when they don’t get effective treatment for mental illness. vente de newbalance In another report this year, Incarceration’s Front Door, the Vera Institute of Justice found that more than two million people with mental illness are booked into county jails alone, but as many as 80 percent don’t get treatment after they arrive.

Better outcomes include recovery and wellness.. NAMI South Carolina leader Paton Blough’s story serves as inspiration. acheter newbalance At the age of 26, he was jailed after onset of a manic episode. New Balance Baskets Femme Over three years he was arrested six times and every time, he was convinced police intended to murder him. He received two felony convictions for actions while incarcerated — spitting on a guard and threatening a public official. new balance femme pas cher Financially he was ruined. He lost his home in foreclosure, his marriage and contact with his children. As part of recovery, Paton had to overcome the stigma he himself internalized. His actions weren’t a reflection of bad character, but instead medical illness. Today, he helps train police officers for CIT programs.

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.

State urged to drop appeal of inmate mental health ruling

August 16th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “State urged to drop appeal of inmate mental health ruling”

January 16, 2014

Paton Blough and Dr. newbalance 2018 James Hayes, the president of the state board for NAMI, were interviewed by the Greenville News about their petition to stop South Carolina’s appeal against Judge Baxley’s ruling on mental illness in the state’s prisons. newbalance 2018 You can sign the petition yourself as well: sign the petition.

You can read the full article on Greenville News Online

COLUMBIA — A Greenville mental health advocate has collected more than 100 signatures from lawmakers, County Council members, mental health officials and others asking that the state drop its appeal of a judge’s order last week that the prison system develop a plan to improve its treatment of inmates who have serious mental illness. soldes newbalance Paton Blough of Greenville, a mental health advocate who founded the website rehinge. chaussures new balance com, said he believes the state can only effectively focus on improving its care of the mentally ill in prison when it stops fighting Judge Michael Baxley’s ruling. Dr. newbalance pas cher James Hayes of Greenville, president of the state board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, signed the petition and also said the state should drop the appeal. soldes new balance chaussures “If we appeal this, it will be one more reason not to do some meaningful reform,” he told The Greenville News. acheter newbalance “It’s critically important that our prisoners with mental illness get the proper care.

Paton Stepping Up in Washington DC

August 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. NEW BALANCE en France 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 femme pas cher 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. new balance pas cher The initiative will challenge county, state and local leaders to work together to find solutions that work for the local community. acheter newbalance en ligne 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. new balance 2018 pas cher 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. soldes newbalance To kick off the initiative there will be four launch events around the country, starting on May 5. new balance sitemap The events will be livestreamed here.​ If you can, please join us in person or plan to watch the livestream.

Paton & Wife, Marie on Focus on the Upstate with Lisa Rollins

August 27th, 2013 Posted by Audio, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Paton & Wife, Marie on Focus on the Upstate with Lisa Rollins”

October 27th, new balance 2018 2013

Download Broadcast: FOCUS ON THE UPSTATE

Paton Blough and Marie Dunn-Blough join Upstate radio personality Lisa Rollins to talk about NAMI, soldes newbalance chaussures the Launch of Rehinge and mental health in general. solde newbalance map This 30 minute interview should encourage you to never give up on hope for those suffering from a mental Illness. acheter newbalance en ligne There are more resources for education and recovery available than you may be aware of.

Letter to Governor Nikki Haley

August 17th, 2013 Posted by Advocacy, Letters, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Letter to Governor Nikki Haley”

Dear Governor Haley, Thank you for being who I consider the best Governor I have ever had in my 37 years of life. newbalance 2018 pas cher I am writing you as a concerned constituent who would love to see your progress in the area of mental health reform taken to an even higher level. If you remember I briefly talked with you at the Charlotte airport in June and voiced some of my concerns to you in person. I am a man who has battled bipolar type 1 disorder since 2002 and at one point spent a third of my life in jail or in a mental hospital. new balance sitemap During that three year period I lost my entire business, (which had grossed over 1 million dollars) my marriage completely crumbled, my house foreclosed on and at one point was living in my car. NEW BALANCE en France Since 2008 I was able to receive help from a variety of area’s including Greenville Mental Health, NAMI, my now second wife, and perhaps most importantly my church and God. newbalance 2018 Family Photo 2012I have been psychosis episode free for 4 years and have turned my story into help and inspiration for others. God has blessed me with a strong wife who owns ad agency in downtown Greenville and a new child to go along with my 5 other children. I have worked with Fred Riddle from NAMI training over 200 officers and dispatchers in the upstate through the Crisis Intervention Class we offer. I have also worked directly with the Greenville Police Dept. in their hostage negotiation/swat training. I also talk to NAMI family education classes and meet with people on an individual basis. In 2011 I received the “Recovery Member of the Year” award from the State of SC NAMI board.Paton 2011 Best Recovery Award I tell you all this to offer my help to you or your staff when it comes to any measures you may consider when it comes to state wide mental health reform. I think I have invaluable information to offer when it comes to being honest with what psychosis really is. I also have no fear of speaking publicly to anybody including the SC legislature. The problems are huge and they effect every person living in our state in one way or another. I am in the process of trying to launch a career in this area and am willing to seize any opportunity I get to make a difference. New Balance Baskets It is my belief that anyone who arms themselves with facts will realize that being very proactive in this area will reduce stigma, improve the quality of lives in our communities while saving money! I would also like to extend to you a personal invitation to our annual event at the Embassy Suites in Greenville. newbalance 2018 Frank Page from Taylor’s First Baptist Church will be our guest speaker. new balance pas cher Thank you so much for reading this and I wish you the best on your re-election campaign.

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

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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.

Saving Lives, Changing Communities

August 5th, 2013 Posted by Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “Saving Lives, Changing Communities”

Link To Original Article: National Alliance on Mental Illness

By Laura Usher, NAMI CIT Program Manager In 1986, when Ann Dino’s injured son Bubba was transported to the hospital in a police car because he had a mental illness and the ambulance wouldn’t take him, she knew things had to change. Dino, then the president of NAMI Memphis, turned to her good friend and fellow NAMI Memphis member at the time, Helen Adamo. Adamo recalls meeting with the mayor and asking him, “How would you like to read the headline tomorrow, ‘Mentally Ill Man Bleeds Out in the Back of a Squad Car’?” Dino and Adamo were no strangers to calling the police for help when their sons, both living with serious mental illness, were in crisis. Adamo says, “The first time I called the police for my son, they came in with their hands on their guns and their billy clubs and they didn’t know what to do.” Adamo wrote a proposal for the mayor and city council, asking them to support training for police officers in responding to people with mental illness. new balance femme pas cher Her proposal was based on a team created by the Los Angeles police and focused on the need to reduce injuries of police officers in responding to mental health crisis calls. newbalance 2018 pas cher While some officials were sympathetic, it was a slow going; they pushed the issue for about a year and a half. Then, in September 1987, Joseph Robinson was shot and killed by Memphis police. Robinson’s mother had called the police because he was hurting himself in the midst of a mental health crisis. Robinson was African American and outrage over the shooting rocked the community. While community members were calling for the police chief’s resignation, Dino and Adamo looked for a different solution. They approached the mayor with the plan for police mental health training. While speaking at a city council meeting, Dino recalls the crowd pressing against her back. new balance pas cher “The police had to escort us out.” After Robinson’s shooting, things moved quickly. The police chief appointed then-Lt. Walter Crews to head a community taskforce to come up with a response. new balance Homme pas cher The taskforce included Dino and Adamo from NAMI Memphis, the heads of the local mental health institutes and the Med, the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. In addition, private mental health providers clamored to be involved in the program. Dino credits Crews’ diplomacy with getting all the players working together. The taskforce called the new program a crisis intervention team (CIT) and it was built around the partnerships developed through the taskforce. Police training was vital to program’s success, but what made it unique were the personal interactions between individuals with mental illness, their families, mental health professionals and police. Dino says those interactions helped change the way the whole crisis response system worked. “When the officers went to the consumer drop in center and saw consumers who were not in a crisis, saw that they were a real person, that was a tremendous help. Then the professionals rode in the car with officers on involuntary commitment calls…It was an education for everybody. newbalance 2018 This is what made it work, for everyone to see everything, experience the whole thing.” After the first CIT training in 1988, Crews handed the reins of the program to Lt. Sam Cochran. Dino recalls being nervous that the program would be handed off to a new person but, she says, “Sam took it into his heart and soul.” Twenty-five years later, the Memphis CIT program has had remarkable success – cutting injuries to police officers, developing a crisis assessment system for people with mental illness, reducing arrests and improving community relations. newbalance pas cher Its success has inspired 2,800 communities in 45 states across the country to start CIT programs. Adamo says that it makes all the difference in the world. New Balance Baskets Years ago, her family moved to a small town outside of Memphis, and when she had to call police recently, “I asked the officer at the police department, have you had crisis intervention training and he had… It was all the difference in the world.


Mental health advocates call for more help fighting stigma

August 17th, 2012 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Mental health advocates call for more help fighting stigma”

Published: WYFF News 4, Dec. 17, 2012

Advocates say Connecticut school shooting raises fears about mental illness GREENVILLE, S.C. — Mental health advocates in the Upstate said fighting stigma and pushing for more funding are top priorities, especially after the school shooting in Connecticut. Investigators said Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old identified as the shooter, had mental problems. chaussures newbalance pas cher “It seems to be always pointed out that that’s a piece of it and that adds to that stigma of the mental illness,” Kathy Eckart, of Mental Health America of Greenville County (MHAGC), told WYFF. “The truth is the majority of people who do have a mental illness are high-functioning, can lead normal lives and are not mass killers.” Bill Lindsey, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of South Carolina, said people with mental illness are more likely to be victims of crime. Chaussures Homme New Balance “Treatment works if you can get it,” Lindsey told WYFF. “But it’s just so hard to get.” Lindsey said starting from July 2008 through June 30, 2012, the state dealt with a $90 million cut in funding for mental health. “The budget that started on July 1 was the first time for us to have new state money (amounting to) $17 million,” Lindsey said. “We’re still waiting to see what the next budget will be. Hopefully, it won’t be below that.” Lindsey said many mental health patients are not able to see their counselors or doctors as often as before. Consequently, many patients are not getting the medicine or therapy treatments adjusted appropriately, Lindsey said. “We transfer the cost of doing mental health out of the mental health department and into jail and corrections institutes,” Lindsey said. newbalance 2018 Paton Blough was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and devotes much of his time to mental health advocacy. He said more education programs are needed to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. “Unfortunately, (mental illness) is not as popular as cancer to fund,” Blough said. “We feel like mental health funding is kind of the red-headed stepchild that doesn’t receive enough funding.” Blough said a strong support system of family members and counselors have helped him deal with his illness.

The best thing is to try to make a game plan,” Blough said. New Balance Baskets Femme “Through medication, counseling, therapy and your support circle, (you can) make decisions that will avoid problems.”

Springbrook Behavioral Health Systems is a hospital for adults and long-term treatment facility for adolescents in Travelers Rest. New Balance Homme CEO Mike Rowley said he’ll be watching the upcoming state budget talks closely. “It’s frequent that we don’t have the beds that are needed to treat the clients,” Rowley told WYFF. “Earlier this year, we had to turn some people away.” Rowley said he expects to see an increase in patients in early 2013. “You tend to see less people who want to get treatment during the holidays,” Rowley said. Eckart recommended that people continue to use MHAGC’s crisis hotline for people dealing with mental illness — both patients and their families. New Balance Baskets “It’s totally anonymous. Chaussures New Balance Anybody can call at any time and just talk to somebody 24 hours a day,” Eckart said. “If you’re concerned, get help.

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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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  • “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.”

    Brian Lewis
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    • Program Director NAMI Greenville, SC
  • “It’s incredible. If you aren’t sure, always go for Cast. I don’t always clop, but when I do, it’s because of Cast. I made back the purchase price in just 48 hours!”

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