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Rehinge Officially Endorses Governor Kasich for President

August 18th, 2016 Posted by Audio, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 1 thought on “Rehinge Officially Endorses Governor Kasich for President”

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Paton of Rehinge has officially endorsed Governor John Kasich for President. soldes newbalance Governor Kasich also informed Rehinge that he would look into supporting federal bill HR1854, the Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act; as well as contact Paul Ryan to ask for his support to present HR1854 to the House. Here is an article with fair journalism on John Kasich’s record for mental health issues. Chaussures Homme New Balance

In the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, he took the issue head on as he defended expansion of Medicaid in Ohio as important for helping people living “in the shadows.” “I had an opportunity to bring resources back to Ohio. vente de newbalance To do what? To treat the mentally ill,” Kasich told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, one of the moderators.

Paton was also able to speak with two radio hosts yesterday about his support for presidential nominee candidate, John Kasich, and his positive policies on mental health. new balance 2018 First is the national radio show by Hugh Hewitt, who also recently moderated a GOP presidential national debate. soldes newbalance

Paton on Hugh Hewitt’s National Radio Show

You can listen to the full show here.

Paton on The Tara Show

Paton was also able to speak about Kasich on The Tara Show.

Mental Health Advocacy – Remove Halloween Attractions Depicting Abuse of Mentally Ill

August 18th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy, Media, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Mental Health Advocacy – Remove Halloween Attractions Depicting Abuse of Mentally Ill”

October 18th, 2016

Recently, Paton Blough has been working towards ending Halloween attractions that include portrayals of mentally ill individuals in asylums or prisons. Paton recently wrote an open letter to the Harvest of Horror at Denver Downs–an Upstate SC horror theme attraction for Halloween. vente de newbalance This year’s Harvest of Horror had stereotypical depictions of mentally ill prison inmates and asylum wards that are offensive and disturbing to mentally ill people and their loved ones. soldes new balance chaussures Paton’s letter, which you can read here, requested that the Harvest of Horror change their attraction and apologize to mentally ill individuals who live in the area. The director of Denver Downs did agree to make some modifications to the attraction to compromise with Paton. Paton was also featured on a news segment for WYFF News 4, which followed up on Paton after writing his letter, and he was able to state his mind on the situation. Paton was also able to write an op-ed piece for the Greenville News.

The time is now for mental health advocates and the general public to call for an end to Halloween attractions that include images of the mentally ill in asylums or prison infirmaries. A lot of effort has been made here in South Carolina and around the country in recent years to lessen the stigma and improve the lives of those living with a mental illness. However, there is much more left to do and Halloween attractions that exploit the mistreatment of the mentally ill in straight jackets, strapped to chairs or in prison infirmaries are all too real and add to the existing stigma. One of the attractions here in the Upstate has a prison theme complete with live actors in straight jackets and a room that depicts torturing the mentally ill. New Balance Baskets Femme If this were fictional it may be OK, unfortunately we know here in South Carolina this is not the case. Mental Health Advocates around the state fought for and won a landmark case known as the Judge Baxley order that has forced the S.C. acheter newbalance Department of Corrections to change its unconstitutional conditions for the mentally ill. newbalance pas cher The case outlined that inmates with bipolar and schizophrenia in some cases were spending more than five years in solitary confinement. The case graphically detailed how one inmate named Jerome Laudman died from lack of care surrounded by his rotting food trays and other things too disturbing to describe in this article. Thankfully the SC DOC has made many positive steps to the point of actually receiving an award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for its positive response to this case. Unfortunately this case does not apply to county jails. Now, mental health advocates and the general public need this same leadership to openly denounce these stigmatizing Halloween attractions that take us backward, not forward. This is a civil rights injustice! Would you pay to entertain and “scare” yourself by seeing African American people being enslaved and tortured? Would you pay to entertain yourself by visiting an attraction that scared you by taking you through the Auschwitz concentration camp or that depicted the Trail of Tears? People do not choose to be mentally ill any more than someone chooses to have heart disease or cancer. Please stand up for the family of Jerome Laudman, others that have died and people like myself who have been in a straight jacket cuffed to a chair with a bag over my head, and demand public apologies from these attractions. There are other ways to scare people without exploiting and capitalizing on the civil injustices to a group of individuals. The writer is the founder of Rehinge and is a SC National Alliance on Mental Illness Board Member.

Paton was also featured in an article by the Washington Post on the issue as well, along side other mental health advocates throughout the nation. You can read the full article for this on the Washington Post’s website. Paton and Rehinge gives a big thanks to Colby Itkowitz for writing this fantastic article.

Paton Blough has been arrested during bipolar episodes. Chaussures NEW BALANCE An activist for mental-health awareness, Blough sent an impassioned letter to the owner of Denver Downs Farm in Anderson, S.C., after hearing about a Halloween attraction that showed a prisoner handcuffed and in a straitjacket. chaussures newbalance pas cher “Unfortunately, this is very real to me,” he said. “I’ve been strapped to beds and chairs in jails and hospitals.” Blough’s letter persuaded Ron Smith, director of operations for the farm’s entertainment venues, to remove that aspect of the attraction. “It really bothered him, so it wasn’t a big deal,” Smith said. “Some people thought it was silly, but regardless of what they thought, we didn’t even give it a second thought.

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.

Paton on PBS – This is What It’s Like to be Arrested While Suffering Mental Illness

August 3rd, 2016 Posted by Advocacy, Media, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Paton on PBS – This is What It’s Like to be Arrested While Suffering Mental Illness”

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Paton was featured on the PBS News Hour last night where he was able to talk about his past with bipolar–mentioning his arrests and road to recovery. New Balance Baskets

Paton Blough has two labels he will have to bear for the rest of his life: “bipolar” and “convicted felon.” Having been arrested during his delusional episodes,

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.

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.

NPR Radio Interview with Paton

August 21st, 2015 Posted by Audio, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “NPR Radio Interview with Paton”

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Paton had a great opportunity to have an interview with Steve Walsh the NPR radio station, new balance femme pas cher Lakeshore Public Radio in Indiana. newbalance chaussures Paton was able to discuss the issue of mentally ill individuals in prisons and solutions for it; along with the value of CIT training and other issues.

Al Jazeera Interview with Paton Blough

August 21st, 2015 Posted by Media, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Al Jazeera Interview with Paton Blough”

Al Jeezera International interviewed Paton about his experiences as a person with mental illness in jail.

More Mental Health Courts Could Open in SC

August 20th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, Published Media 0 thoughts on “More Mental Health Courts Could Open in SC”

February 20th, 2015

The Bluffton Times published a nice article today featuring Paton and his work towards more mental health courts in South Carolina. newbalance pas cher

Read the full article in the Bluffton Times

Paton Blough thought the police were trying to kill him. acheter newbalance en ligne When he was 29, he had demanded to use the telephone at a gas station, and the attendant called the police. soldes newbalance Blough, now 38 and a father of six, racked up nine charges, including one for breaking the leg irons confining him in the backseat of a patrol car when an officer tased him. newbalance 2018 pas cher “It’s actually kind of a miracle that I’m here today,” Blough told a Senate subcommittee Thursday. He urged the lawmakers to support a proposal allowing counties to establish mental health courts, similar the drug courts created 10 years ago. new balance 2018 pas cher Blough is a graduate of mental health court in Greenville County and credits it, in part, with saving him and allowing him to live psychosis-free for five years. chaussures new balance He said the answer is not to send those with mental illness into the state prison system.


 

“If you go into any hospital today, if you go into any jail today, you’ll see warehoused folks who are mentally ill who are in the revolving system,” said Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, who introduced the legislation. The idea is modeled on Richland, Greenville, and Charleston county programs to encourage other counties to divert convicts with mental illness away from the prison system.

Senate Gets Bill Expanding Mental Health Courts

August 18th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “Senate Gets Bill Expanding Mental Health Courts”

March 18th, 2015

Senate Judiciary Panel Passes Mental Health Courts Bill! Yesterday was a major step for mental health reform in South Carolina! The SC Senate Judiciary Committee voted 23-0 for the Bill S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act, to move forward to the SC House. new balance pas cher This is a crucial piece of legislation that will help reduce the number of mentally ill individuals incarcerated in state prisons, while diverting them to appropriate mental health services. This bill passing the SC Senate yesterday was thanks to not only the efforts of Paton Blough and other mental health advocates and local politicians, but also everyone who contacted their senators to encourage them to support the Mental Health Court Program Act. Thank you for your support now and in the future as this bill moves through the legislative process!

Read the full article about the vote in the Greenville News.

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted unanimously to approve a bill to expand mental health courts in the state, sending the proposal to the full Senate. Sen. vente de newbalance Shane Massey, an Edgefield Republican, said the bill establishes a framework for a statewide system that is already being used in several judicial circuits. “These things have been very popular and successful in communities where they are now,” he said. solde newbalance map 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 femme pas cher 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. new balance pas cher 2018 Two other courts have closed in recent years due to lack of funding. new balance 2018 “I think this is a huge first step for the Senate to acknowledge mental health reform in our state,” said Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate who has spent a year pushing for the legislation.

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