November 24th, 2015
Paton and Rehinge would like to thank everyone for their support by writing letters to Congressman Trey Gowdy of the SC 4th district. Thanks to your efforts, Trey Gowdy has agreed to cosponsor bill HR731, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015. HR731 renews a grant that will help fund mental health courts, CIT (crisis intervention team) training, and other programs throughout the country, including South Carolina, along with other services like veteran mental health care. This bill would help fund the recently passed Mental Health Court Program Act that was passed in SC earlier this year.
We also give a huge thank you to Congressman Trey Gowdy for deciding to support and cosponsor HR731 yesterday. Thanks to his support, this bill is a step closer to being passed. Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor, who is in full support of HR731, was also present to talk to Congressman Gowdy with Paton yesterday.
We need to get the other congressmen in South Carolina to support this bill as well! Congressmen Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan, Mark Sanford, Mick Mulvaney, Jim Clyburn and Tom Rice also need to be informed about HR731 and encourage to support it. You can find where to contact them at this website. You can send them a letter or an email like the following example:
Dear Congressman ________________________,
I am writing you today to ask for your support of house bill, HR731, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015. This act would provide grant funding to mental health courts and services along with veteran services throughout country, including South Carolina. This bill would help fund the Mental Health Court Program Act in South Carolina that was passed earlier this year.
Federal grant funding for mental health courts in South Carolina would help relieve the cost of repeat incarcerations of mentally ill individuals, and save the state money. Mental health courts are a diversionary program that helps give mentally ill individuals the help they need while keeping them out of jails and prisons which will save South Carolina millions in expenses.
Congressman Trey Gowdy has already decided to cosponsor HR731, and now I am asking you to support your colleague as well. Please, let us work towards making South Carolina a leader in mental health reform.
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