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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.

Victory, Congress & My Next Step

August 7th, 2017 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Victory, Congress & My Next Step”
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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.

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.

Advocacy Alert: Judiciary Sub-Committee Hearing Needed for SC Senate Bill S.173

August 4th, 2016 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Advocacy Alert: Judiciary Sub-Committee Hearing Needed for SC Senate Bill S.173”

December 4th, 2016

Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and de-escalation training for our police are incredibly vital for the safety of people with a mental health or substance abuse crisis who encounter law enforcement. We want to thank Senator Vincent Sheheen for leading the charge on this life saving solution oriented legislation. Rehinge has worked closely with Senator Sheheen to produce this bill that will help push CIT throughout the great state of SC. Now is the time for momentum so we can get a Judiciary sub-committee hearing immediately after it is read on the Senate floor in January. Please call and write your Senator and ask them to co-sponsor S. 173 the CIT and Police De-escalation Training Act. The proposed legislation would require the S.C. chaussures new balance Law Enforcement Training Council to create a Crisis Intervention Team training center and for every county to have at least one crisis intervention team. We need you to call, write, or email your local SC State Senator and tell them to co-sponsor Senate Bill S.173 so that it will reach a Judiciary Sub-Committee. This is an important first step towards getting this bill passed!

Bob Montgomery of Go Upstate also wrote an article on the bill being pre-filed, and includes quotes from Paton Blough and Senator Sheheen. New Balance Baskets

Law enforcement in South Carolina would get more training in dealing with people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis under a bill that the state General Assembly could take up next year. State Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Camden Democrat who has made two runs for governor, pre-filed a bill on the issue this week. The proposed legislation mirrors a measure he introduced late in the Legislature’s last session that died in committee. “We’ve got a real crisis in many of our hospitals and detention facilities where people who suffer mental health problems are dumped,” Sheheen told the Herald-Journal on Thursday. The proposed legislation would require the S.C. Chaussures NEW BALANCE Law Enforcement Training Council to create a crisis intervention training center and for every county to have at least one crisis intervention team.

Mental health advocate Paton Blough of Greenville said he met several times with Sheheen as the bill was put together. “This solves some of the policing issues … and gives people help and hope,” said Blough, a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. new balance pas cher 2018 “It’s about human kindness. newbalance 2018 It’s giving officers more tools — not taking away Tasers or guns — to possibly de-escalate a situation and help the person in crisis avoid injury and maybe themselves an injury.”

“It’s long overdue,” Brown said. “It’s a needed bill. As you see, there are a number of situations in our court systems that unfortunately have a mental health aspect to them.” Brown and Blough said they are hopeful the General Assembly will pass the bill because both Democrats and Republicans realize that having more officers trained to deal with mental illness and drug abuse can lead to better outcomes and reduced pressure on jails. “It will help keep people out of prisons,” Blough said. “It’s exciting to see solutions that work being promoted in the state from both sides of the aisle with the support of advocates and police departments.”

Read the Full Article on GoUpstate.com

We have also compiled a list of current SC Senators below with contact information that you can use:

Thomas C. Alexander 803-212-6220 SLCIComm@scsenate.gov
Rex Rice Send an Email
Kevin L. Bryant 803-212-6320 KevinBryant@scsenate.gov
Michael Gambrell Send an Email
Tom Corbin 803-212-6100 TomCorbin@scsenate.gov
William Timmons Send an Email
Karl B. Allen 803-212-6040 KarlAllen@scsenate.gov
Ross Turner 803-212-6148 RossTurner@scsenate.gov
Danny Verdin, III 803-212-6230 SAgriComm@scsenate.gov
Floyd Nicholson 803-212-6040 FloydNicholson@scsenate.gov
Gleen G. Reese 803-212-6108 GlennReese@scsenate.gov
Scott Talley Send an Email
Shane R. Martin 803-212-6100 ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov
Harvey S. Peeler, Jr 803-212-6430 SMediComm@scsenate.gov
Wes Climer Send an Email
Greg Gregory 803-212-6024 GregGregory@scsenate.gov
Mike Fanning Send an Email
Ronnie W. Cromer 803-212-6330 RonnieCromer@scsenate.gov
John L. Scott, Jr 803-212-6124 JohnScott@scsenate.gov
John E. Courson 803-212-6250 SEduComm@scsenate.gov
Darrell Jackson 803-212-6048 DarrellJackson@scsenate.gov
Mia McLeod Send an Email
Katrina Frye Shealy 803-212-6108 KatrinaShealy@scsenate.gov
Tom Young, Jr 803-212-6000 TomYoung@scsenate.gov
Shane A. Massey 803-212-6148 ShaneMassey@scsenate.gov
Nikki G. Setzler 803-212-6140 NikkiSetzler@scsenate.gov
Vincent A. Sheheen 803-212-6032 VincentSheheen@scsenate.gov
Greg Hembree 803-212-6016 GregHembree@scsenate.gov
Gerald Malloy 803-212-6172 GeraldMalloy@scsenate.gov
Kent M. Williams 803-212-6000 KentWilliams@scsenate.gov
Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr 803-212-6640 SFinComm@scsenate.gov
Ronnie A. Sabb 803-212-6032 RonnieSabb@scsenate.gov
Luke A. Rankin 803-212-6410 SethicsComm@scsenate.gov
Stephen Goldfinch, Jr Send an Email
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S.426 Passes House Judiciary Subcommittee

August 30th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “S.426 Passes House Judiciary Subcommittee”

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Today gives us exciting news as the Mental Health Court Program Act pass the SC House Judiciary Subcommittee! This is another important step for this crucial bill as it moves through the SC House! From Senator Vincent Sheheen:

Many thanks to the Judiciary Subcommittee in the SC House of Representatives for unanimously passing out our mental health court bill this morning! Good things happen when we work together.

Paton Blough and Rehinge are excited as we continue to push forward with this bill. solde newbalance map

I’m so proud to work with true leaders like Vincent Sheheen — who met with me (remember I’m one heck of a passionate, New Balance Homme bipolar man who kept pushing the envelope) AND continued to work with me and others on pushing this mental health court bill. Chaussures NEW BALANCE Vincent, newbalance chaussures you follow through with what you say – I thank you and so do the people that this will help save!!!

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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.

Leaders Sound Alarm on Abundance of Jail Inmates with Mental Illness

August 24th, 2015 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Leaders Sound Alarm on Abundance of Jail Inmates with Mental Illness”

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Gary Enos has written an excellent article in Mental Health Weekly about Paton and his experiences with bipolar in jail, solde newbalance map and his activism for reform in the criminal justice system. The article also talks about Paton speaking at the Stepping Up Initiative in earlier this year in May. NEW BALANCE en France

You can read the full article on Mental Health Weekly’s website.

Referring to himself as a “medical criminal” because he was arrested numerous times as a result of manifestations of his bipolar disorder, Paton Blough took the microphone at a national launch event last week to put a human face on the problem of jail populations swelling with inmates who have a serious mental illness.

As one of many speakers who favor more effective crisis intervention and other strategies to avert incarceration for these individuals, soldes newbalance Blough said of the typical jail experience of persons with mental illness, newbalance 2018 “They’re a lot more screwed up when they come out than when they go in.”

The May 5 event in Washington, D.C., soldes newbalance was held to announce a joint initiative sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo), the Council of State Governments and the American Psychiatric Foundation to reduce the ranks of the more than 2 million adults with serious mental illness who are jailed in the United States each year. newbalance chaussures The Stepping Up initiative will seek to lessen the human toll on a population that, once jailed,

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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