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First Responders Receiving Training to Face Growing Mental Health Crisis

August 21st, 2018 Posted by Articles, Media 0 thoughts on “First Responders Receiving Training to Face Growing Mental Health Crisis”

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Interactions between first responders and people with mental health issues are increasing across the country. vente de newbalance So much so that first responders are receiving special training to recognize the signs of mental illness. More than 500 law enforcement and behavioral health professionals from Missouri attended the 4th annual Crisis Intervention Team conference in Columbia. new balance sitemap The goal was to train first responders to recognize and de-escalate a situation when a patient or suspect seems to have a mental health issue. acheter newbalance Paton Blough, a mental health advocate, says, “We’re not trying to take away their right to use force. Chaussures New Balance We’re trying to give them another option wherein certain situations they can avoid using force.” Blough, the keynote speaker, was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder as an adult. soldes new balance chaussures He says if it wasn’t for an officer who showed patience with him one night when he didn’t have his medicine he might not be alive. chaussures newbalance pas cher “Unfortunately, officers get more training on how to use force than how not to use force.

KMBC Kelly Eckerman interview with Paton Blough – Keynote Speaker at CIT International 2018

August 20th, 2018 Posted by Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 0 thoughts on “KMBC Kelly Eckerman interview with Paton Blough – Keynote Speaker at CIT International 2018”

August 14, 2018

KMBC Kelly Eckerman Interviews Paton Blough   KMBC Kelly Eckerman interviewed Paton Blough before speaking at the annual CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) International Conference in Kansas City, MO this past Friday, August 17th. newbalance 2018 This conference marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of CIT. vente de newbalance More than 1,000 law enforcement officers, peer support specialists and mental health professionals from around the world attended the conference. new balance pas cher 2018 Following his keynote address, CIT officals honored him with an appreciation award for all that he has done for the futhering CIT and mental health reform.

“I’ve had no higher honor as a mental health and criminal justice reform advocate than to have been selected to speak at this conference,” said Blough. New Balance Baskets Femme “It is a privilege to be able to address some of the world’s most dedicated workers and advocates for mental health reform.”

About CIT International

CIT International is a non-profit membership organization whose primary purpose is to facilitate understanding, development and implementation of Crisis Intervention Team CIT Programs throughout the U.S. New Balance Baskets and in other nations worldwide in order to promote and support collaborative efforts to create and sustain more effective interactions among law enforcement, mental health care providers, individuals with mental illness, their families and communities and to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Learn more at citinternational.org.

About the CIT International Conference

The CIT International Annual conference, which takes place in August of each year, draws approximately 1,000 people largely from the law enforcement, behavioral health, and advocacy sectors. There are over 100 workshops related to topics involving the intersection of law enforcement, mental health, and criminal justice fields.

Jermaine Massey tragedy sparks efforts for CIT Training through Greenville County Council

August 9th, 2018 Posted by Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Jermaine Massey tragedy sparks efforts for CIT Training through Greenville County Council”

April 9th, 2018

Fox Carolina wrote an article this evening reporting today’s Greenville County Council Public Safety Committee Meeting, made up of 5 county council members. The purpose of the meeting was to help build CIT for the Greenville County Sheriffs Office in order to prevent tragedies between law enforcement and individuals in crisis.

The policy suggestions for the Public Safety Committees consideration included:

  1. Asking the GCSO to appoint a command staff deputy to become the CIT coordinator for their department with full buy in from the Sheriff
  2. Train all GCSO dispatchers in a 2 hour CIT course from NAMI as soon as possible
  3. Discuss training budgets and funding and potential future growth of CIT for the GCSO
  4. Discuss CIT International Core Elements (Read Core Elements Document Here)

Read the Full Article on Fox Carolina’s Website

“I came out of three years of very severe bipolar episodes and suicidal level depressions,” Paton Blough said. chaussures new balance Blough is a mental health advocate and is open about his past interactions with law enforcement. “I was hospitalized four times, three of those arrests went violently and I was tased by police,” he said. soldes newbalance Blough, Captain Stacey Owens from Greenville Police Department, and officials with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) joined forces to see to it that all police officers become CIT trained – Crisis Intervention Training. Blough said one incident making headlines back in August 2010 changed his world and the city of Greenville. Greenville police officers were called, after family of Andrew Torrez said he needed help. When officers responded, the situation escalated and Torrez was tased and later passed away. Blough said inside the Greenville County Public Safety meeting Monday, the incident scared him. “I honestly had the thought that that could have been me.” Captain Stacey Owens, GPD CIT coordinator, contributed to the conversation to explain what has worked and what hasn’t when it comes to CIT training in the police department. New Balance Baskets “The Greenville Police Department started this back in 2010, it’s not something you can do overnight,” Owens said. Now NAMI officials and members of county council suggest a CIT unit for the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. The group suggest also having a commanding staff deputy to oversee the unit, similar to Owens in the police department. new balance pas cher “The most successful CIT programs have a sworn officer that is really leading that program,” Blough said. new balance 2018 pas cher Officials said the deputy should be someone who is compassionate, can relate to those in a mental health crisis and that shows an outreach in the community.

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Public Safety Committee Chairman Rick Roberts said, details revolving around the budget are still in the works and will be discussed at a later day. NAMI South Carolina said because CIT training is in such high demand statewide, funds are currently stretched thin. The organization is hoping for an increase in budget to help fund this county project. soldes newbalance “I think the timing is right, and as counsel we want to move forward,” Rick Roberts said.

‘We are Not Our Illness:’ People with Mental Illnesses Meet with Judges, Psychiatrists to Discuss Courtroom Decision Making

August 19th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “‘We are Not Our Illness:’ People with Mental Illnesses Meet with Judges, Psychiatrists to Discuss Courtroom Decision Making”

May 8, acheter newbalance en ligne 2017

Kicking off #MentalHealthMonth on May 1, newbalance 2018 pas cher judges and psychiatrists from across the country gathered with people with mental illnesses and their family members to discuss the place where their lives often intersect—the criminal justice system. new balance 2018 “I see more people with mental illnesses in my courtroom in a day than a doctor might see in a month,” said Judge Steven Leifman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

South Carolina police officers will learn how to de-escalate mental illness confrontations under Senate bill

August 17th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “South Carolina police officers will learn how to de-escalate mental illness confrontations under Senate bill”

March 7, newbalance 2018 2017

COLUMBIA — Police officers will receive “de-escalation” training for dealing with someone who has mental illness if a bill heading to the Senate floor becomes law. new balance pas cher The bill, soldes new balance chaussures S. soldes newbalance 173, NEW BALANCE en France differs from a House version debated last month that would create a crisis intervention training council to oversee training in each police jurisdiction across the state. New Balance Homme The training would be given every three years.

A naked man drew police attention, but he didn’t go to jail

August 17th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “A naked man drew police attention, but he didn’t go to jail”

March 4, 2017

It was just another Monday when a man walked up to the parking lot of a Rosewood grocery store – naked. He was not combative or acting erratic, Columbia police officers said. newbalance 2018 He was just standing there around 7 p.m., in mid-January. Chaussures New Balance Officers would later find his clothes about a mile away, near Devine Street. “He was looking up at the sky, and saying he was waiting on a sign,” said Capt. new balance pas cher Christopher Roberts, the area’s region commander for the Columbia Police Department. “Officers talked to him accordingly, in a calm way.”

Officers determined the man was suffering from an episode related to his mental illness. Instead of being arrested, he was taken to a hospital, Roberts said. acheter newbalance Roberts attributed the response to training Columbia police officers undergo as part of their recertification process. chaussures newbalance pas cher It’s the kind of training mental health advocates are hoping to expand to all of the state’s law enforcement agencies through proposals making their way through the Legislature.

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have introduced bills that would require law enforcement officers to complete training in mental health or addictive disorders as part of recertification.

Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Kershaw, sponsor of the Senate bill, said it’s unfair to place law enforcement officers in situations they’re not trained to deal with when they’re confronted with a mentally ill person. acheter newbalance en ligne “This is to not try to deal with the issue after an arrest, but actually try to help our law enforcement officers and our mentally ill before things escalate,” Sheheen said.

Mental health advocate Paton Blough mounts bid for 4th District

August 17th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Mental health advocate Paton Blough mounts bid for 4th District”

March 20, 2017

Mental health advocate Paton Blough announced Saturday that he’s seeking to collect enough signatures to run as an independent in South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District in 2018. new balance Homme pas cher If successful, Blough would be on the ballot against U.S. soldes newbalance Rep. new balance femme pas cher Trey Gowdy. NEW BALANCE en France “I know it’s really early to start a run for the 2018 election, but in order to be on the ballot as an independent, you have to have 10,000 signatures,” Blough said. new balance 2018 “I’m a passionate independent who has essentially railed against the two-party system most of my adult life.

Legislature Needs to Pass Crisis Intervention Team Training Bill

August 9th, 2017 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “Legislature Needs to Pass Crisis Intervention Team Training Bill”

January 9th, 2017

Paton had an article published in the Greenville News today. You can read the article on the Greenville News website here.

When the General Assembly convenes on Jan. vente de newbalance 10 they will have an opportunity to set the tone for the next two years by jumping on a bipartisan police training bill that will solve problems, save lives and hopefully set a tone of co-operation in Columbia to get meaningful legislation accomplished. S. 173, a Crisis Intervention Team bill which was pre-filed by Democrat Sen. New Balance Baskets Vince Sheheen and has Republican Rep. Dan Hamilton set to file companion legislation in the S.C. House, will push much-needed de-escalation training for police across the state by mandating all 46 counties to set up a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). Currently, about half the counties across the state have some level of CIT training, including about 15 counties with a formal program. The bill will also create a statewide Technical Assistance Council to help accomplish this goal through governing CIT and helping departments identify and implement available funding and grants. soldes newbalance S. 173 will also help fulfill the mission of the Stepping Up initiative resolution that Greenville County Council recently passed. CIT and de-escalation training is one of the hottest topics and movements in policing solutions across the country and recently has the support of Congress through the passage of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Many national advocacy and policy organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill behind bars also fully support CIT. CIT is centered on resolving conflict with the mentally ill and people in substance abuse crisis without use of force unless absolutely necessary and then getting them the best possible help available. According to a USA Today report people with a mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed by police and according to an NBC report half of the people killed by police have a disability. These numbers don’t reflect people who are in alcohol or substance abuse crisis that do not have a mental illness or disability. It is my firm belief that if Officer Michael Slager would have had adequate de-escalation training Walter Scott would be alive today. This bill will solve much of the policing crisis that is so prevalent in the news today. CIT and de-escalation training teaches officers how to approach people in crisis in a slower fashion and connect with them on a very human level. The goal is that the police will be slower to threaten force and safely get the person in crisis successfully arrested without force. We are not advocating the removal of weapons for officers because obviously many times they are needed and very necessary. What we are trying to do is give the police another tool to protect and serve, and hopefully get the person help where the “T” in CIT comes in. The “T” stands for “Team” because CIT and this bill do more than just train de-escalation techniques. soldes newbalance Under the “Team” umbrella this bill pushes for community support once the person in crisis is safely brought in. newbalance chaussures This bill also supports things like mental health courts, drug courts, addiction recovery services, housing assistance, availability of medications, counseling, etc. The organization I founded called redhype-test.com/rehinge has worked closely with Sheheen to get this bill introduced and has set up a web page for you to get involved called FightStigma.com where you can sign a pledge to contact elected officials to tell them about the importance of mental health reform and bills like this. We need you to call members of the General Assembly and ask them to co-sponsor and fully support S. 173 the Crisis Intervention Team and de-escalation training legislation. This problem has been created over years of political leaders not knowing how to address mental illness and through cuts for services for those in need. Now the police are forced to pick up the pieces. This bill is an opportunity to start turning the tide in the proper direction but we need your help. Kevin Morison, director of programs for the Police Executive Research Forum, a highly respected police policy think tank out of Washington, DC, researched the bill and had this to say: “This proposal is important and innovative – a real model for other states to follow.” South Carolina has the ability to not only solve much of the policing crisis here in our state but we have the potential to serve as a model for the rest of the country. newbalance pas cher S. 173 is a bipartisan solution that will protect our officers, the mentally ill and those in substance abuse crisis. newbalance 2018 pas cher If you agree that saving lives, saving money and making our communities safer is important please get involved and help us pass S. 173 the Crisis Intervention Team and de-escalation training legislation.

Paton Blough is the Founder of redhype-test.com/rehinge and is a NAMI SC state board member.

A Very Positive Hearing for H.5025 in the SC House Subcommittee

August 11th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “A Very Positive Hearing for H.5025 in the SC House Subcommittee”

March 11, 2016

Yesterday was an excellent day for SC House Bill H.5025 as it received a very positive hearing in front of the House committee. Paton Blough was a part of the hearing, and was also featured in a couple of local news outlets as they covered the bill. While H.5025 hasn’t passed in the House Committee yet, we are expecting that it will next week. Paton and Rehinge would also like to give a huge thank you to Mike Woody, the president of CIT International, and NAMI Indiana for their hard work on creating the Indiana bill, SB380, that laid out the blue print for Bill H.5025, the Crisis Intervention Team Training Act.

From WSPA News Channel 7

A South Carolina House subcommittee passed a bill Thursday morning that would change the way police handle people with mental illness. New Balance Baskets Officers would be required to go through much more training on crisis intervention, and they would no longer transport to mental hospitals people who are not a danger to themselves or others. soldes new balance chaussures Instead, ambulances could transport those patients. Bill sponsor Rep. New Balance Baskets Femme Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, says, “I think mental illness is a health care issue, and in those cases where the mentally ill person is not an actual danger to himself or to other people, that that person should be transported in an ambulance and not in the back of a patrol car handcuffed.”

From The State Online News

Health care and police advocates appearing before a S.C. House subcommittee on Thursday pushed for new state laws they said would help de-escalate potentially explosive confrontations between police and mentally ill people. soldes newbalance Requiring police officers to have special training for dealing with the mentally ill would benefit both police and the mentally ill, said Paton Blough, 39, a Greenville resident who told subcommittee members of his six encounters with police while mentally troubled. soldes newbalance “Three of those arrests went well; three of those arrests turned violent. I believe the times I was calmly arrested had to do with the way officers dealt with me and not a difference in my mental state,” Blough said. “All six times, I was under the delusion I was a god and police were trying to murder me,” he said. “… The officers’ ability to slow down and control the situation through verbal techniques was the main factor in calming my fears of death.” In recent years, Blough’s personal experiences with mental illness have turned him into a state and national spokesman on ways to defuse confrontations between mentally ill people and police, who are often the first responders to calls concerning mentally ill people who might pose a danger to themselves or others. A board member of National Alliance on Mental Illness South Carolina, Blough now controls his illness through medication and various cognitive techniques. new balance sitemap The bill that Blough supports would set up “crisis intervention teams” operated through the sheriff’s department in each county, with specially trained officers who know how to deal with the mentally ill. new balance 2018 It would also require more training by law enforcement officers in how to deal with mentally ill people. “Law enforcement, health care, the (S.C.) Department of Mental Health — everyone who deals with or touches a mentally ill issue — would be part of a team to create a statewide crisis intervention program,” said Rep.

Senate Continues to Approve Bill to Expand Mental Health Courts

August 27th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “Senate Continues to Approve Bill to Expand Mental Health Courts”

March 27, 2015

mhc-bill-paton-quoteYesterday the SC Senate granted a second reading of the bill S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act, allowing it to move further into the legislation process. The vote was 40-0 in favor of passing the bill. This is a major step in getting this bill passed in the SC Senate! The bill will be going to a third reading in the Senate probably sometime next week, and after that, it will move on to the House of Representatives. This is an exciting time, and it’s thanks to everyone who contacted their senators to tell them to push forward with this bill. Now we will need to begin to push forward this bill in the SC House of Representatives so that they will be aware of how the Mental Health Court Program Act will benefit the state, and for them to support it! You can find your local house members by clicking here–we will have more information on this soon. New Balance Baskets Femme Thank you to everyone again for your support on this bill! SC is moving forward to mental health reform!

Read the full article in the Greenville News

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. “I’m overwhelmed,” said Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate who proposed the bill last year. “It’s a bill that I believe will save lives, make the community safer and save taxpayers money.” Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Camden Democrat and the bill’s sponsor, asked the Senate afterward to thank Blough for his work on the bill. Sheheen’s bill doesn’t include funding but he has said he hopes to eventually find money in the budget to assist the courts. solde newbalance map The bill was amended to prohibit participation by violent offenders and to require that victims be notified when offenders enter the program. The legislation does not mandate mental health courts but instead creates a statewide program with the provision that solicitors who accept state dollars for such courts must create them within six months. “It is purely optional for the solicitors,” Sen. acheter newbalance Shane Massey, an Edgefield Republican, told the Senate. newbalance pas cher The programs under the bill are operated by each judicial circuit’s solicitor but allows those already in existence that might be operated by a probate judge under a prior court order to continue.

Read the full article in the Greenville News

Read this full article on the WLTX 19 Website

The State Senate voted 40-0 in favor of a bill Thursday that could expand mental health courts across the state. Mental health courts divert those with mental health issues away from the criminal justice system. Mental health advocate Paton Blough went through the program and has been pushing for this bill. “We’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and I’m just so thankful to see all the senators working together to get meaningful legislation passed that will help save lives,” Blough said. “To be a part of it just feels overwhelming.” Senators have also been passionate about getting this bill passed. Chaussures Homme New Balance Sen. Vincent Sheheen said after seeing the current system for patients with mental illness, he wanted a change. “Folks who were just mentally ill were just locked up for months at a time,” Sen. Sheehen said. “When I saw that kind of human tragedy, I looked for a solution, and I saw that in some few counties, mental health courts have been making a difference. This bill will allow mental health courts to be established in every community in South Carolina.” The bill will now be read in the Senate for final approval, which is expected to take place next Tuesday.

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