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How Jails are Failing the Mentally Ill

August 16th, 2015 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “How Jails are Failing the Mentally Ill”

September 16th, 2015

The Death Of Victoria Gray: How Texas Jails Are Failing Their Most Vulnerable Captives

Think Progress has written one of the most comprehensive and evidence-based articles on the issue of suicide and mental illness in prisons that I have read to date. newbalance 2018 Writer Erica Hellerstein has put together a story of not only Texas’ failure of treating mentally ill inmates, but the need for our country as a whole to more seriously address this issue. Paton was interviewed for this article to explain how mentally ill inmates are treated in jail, and his own personal experiences of his treatment behind bars. Erica ties Paton’s knowledge, along with other case studies, into the failure of many jails to properly follow mental illness guidelines, which has resulted from the US prison system becoming the largest mental health hospitals in the country. This is an excellent article that should be read and shared.

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Type “mental illness,” “jails,” and “health care providers” into Google and a number of headlines will pop up: “When did prisons become acceptable mental healthcare facilities?,” “Jails are America’s largest mental healthcare providers,” “Inside a mental hospital called jail.” These days, it’s regularly said that prisons and jails have become the nation’s de-facto mental health providers. That this has become an untenable situation for the criminal justice system shouldn’t come as a surprise; obviously, jails and prisons are not mental health treatment centers, nor were they ever intended to be.

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Forty years after Abramson’s prophecy, the number of people with mental illness forced into jails and prisons across the U.S. is nothing short of harrowing. According to a recent report by the Treatment Advocacy Center, there are ten times as many people in prisons and jails with serious mental illness than in state psychiatric hospitals. New Balance Baskets Femme In at least 44 states, there are more people behind bars with serious mental illnesses than in the largest state psychiatric hospital. chaussures new balance Moreover, they are more likely to be sexually assaulted, beaten, abused, and placed in solitary confinement. “Emptying America’s mental hospitals without ensuring that the discharged patients received appropriate treatment in the community has been an egregious mistake. new balance femme pas cher For the approximately half of discharged patients who have ended up homeless or in jails and prisons, it has been a personal tragedy,” the Treatment Advocacy Center asserted in an earlier report. “Although deinstitutionalization was well intentioned, the failure to provide for the treatment needs of the patients has turned this policy into one of the greatest social disasters of the 20th century.” Those conditions have helped to create a system that’s often crisis driven, where people who may have previously been admitted to state psychiatric hospitals now only receive care when they’re in the middle of an immediate mental health crisis. Meanwhile, the care that they do end up receiving tends to be short-term — like a hospital emergency room, or in many cases, jail.

Paton Blough, the mental health advocate with bipolar disorder, was arrested six times over the course of three years — often because people would call the police on him during times of psychosis. “I had episode after episode,” he recalled. “I did all of the extreme things you read about a bipolar person doing.” Although Blough didn’t have a criminal record before his arrests, he ended up receiving two felony convictions while he was incarcerated — one for spitting on a jail officer and another for threatening a sheriff. acheter newbalance en ligne “I felt like there were several instances when I was not taken care of,” he said. “I lost everything.” Unfortunately, Blough’s story is not uncommon: Half of all previously incarcerated people with mental illness are rearrested and returned to prisons. solde newbalance map “Once you get in the system, it’s very difficult for you to get out,” he said.

Climber Scales Table Rock Daily to Push Mental Health Court Bill

August 15th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Climber Scales Table Rock Daily to Push Mental Health Court Bill”

April 15th, 2015

Paton and Rehinge made the front page of the Greenville News today with a wonderful article written by Liv Osby and photos taken by Heidi Heilbrunn. The article covers Paton’s recent journeys up Table Rock in order to push for SC House support for S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act. This article has great exposure for this bill, and will help bring the issue more into the light in the Upstate. You can learn more about how to support the Mental Health Court Program Act here. soldes newbalance chaussures

Read the full article on the Greenville News website

day-05-01In 2006 after he was arrested on nonviolent charges, Blough went through mental health court. Though he dealt with a couple of issues since then, he said, he credits the experience with helping him come to grips with his illness. He got support from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the right medication and therapy, he said. And for the past five years, he’s been an advocate for people with mental illness. The daily climb up Table Rock and back, which he said takes roughly three hours, is the latest effort in that advocacy. Blough starts out early in the morning on the trek, which begins with a gentle slope along a creek flanked by large mossy rocks before becoming more rugged and elevated in some sections. “Parts of it are pretty easy,” said the stay-at-home father of six, “though it’s steep in some places and 2,000 vertical feel and a little over 3 miles.” Sometimes he’s joined by supporters or his children. He believes he can continue until the bill becomes law. “I recognize I can’t keep it up for a year or whatever,” he said. new balance pas cher “But I think I can keep going.” The bill doesn’t mandate the courts, but it creates a statewide program with the provision that solicitors who take state dollars for such courts must create them within six months. While it doesn’t include any funding, its sponsor Sen. acheter newbalance Vincent Sheheen has said he hopes that money will be found in the budget at some point to help. Blough says that although it comes with no funds, he considers it a leadership bill. “I can’t say there will be a mental health court in every circuit in the next 12 months, but I think this is significant,” he said. “If it works, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be expanding it in our state.”

Judge Debora Faulkner of Greenville County Probate Court said mental health court is successful because it costs far less than imprisoning someone and it turns their lives around. Since it began, it has accepted 84 participants, she said, and 55 have graduated. There are now eight active participants. “It’s a way to not only be prudent with tax dollars, but to get people the help that they need and out of that revolving door,” she said. “Those individuals are no longer in the criminal justice system. They are productive members of society.” Mental health courts operate in Greenville, Charleston and Columbia. Greenville’s began with a grant in 2005, Faulkner said. But for years it’s been operating without any funding because officials believe so much in it. Probate pays the judge’s time, she said, and other services are provided by Greenville Mental Health and Piedmont Mental Health employees. soldes newbalance “It’s a wonderful program. new balance Homme pas cher It’s a savings for the taxpayer, it keeps the jail population down, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am to see the results,” she said. “They’re all trying so hard. I saw someone have their very first paycheck. And another graduate who has gone on and gotten a master’s in social work.” Under the system, the solicitor selects the participants, who must meet certain criteria, like being charged with nonviolent offenses such as public disorderly or property crimes and have no past convictions for violent crimes, Faulkner said. They must attend mental health court weekly along with seeing a case manager and medical professionals, she said. They are also subject to random drug testing and can be terminated if they are rearrested or otherwise violate terms of the program. And they’re linked to community resources so they can find other help they might need, like employment and housing, she said.

The Issue Is Not Going Away

August 13th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “The Issue Is Not Going Away”

February 13th, 2015

April Morris from the Greenville Journal has just written her second excellent article in a series on mental health and jails. acheter newbalance en ligne She has put some very revealing statistics in this piece about Mental Health Courts. You can read the online version of the Greenville Journal Here or just the Article Here. In the mean time, there is a sub-committee hearing scheduled for S. soldes newbalance 209 the Mental Health Court Program Act in Columbia next Thursday the 19th at 10AM! Advocacy does work! Thank you to everyone who has helped get this bill to this point!

From the Greenville Journal

A proven solution for keeping the mentally ill out of county jails is mental health courts – an avenue for counties to identify, assess and treat people who are charged with crimes that appear to be an outgrowth of mental illness. soldes newbalance Participants go through a yearlong program with intense case management, said 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins, a strong advocate of this approach. The charges are dismissed on successful completion of the program, removing obstacles to future employment and success, Wilkins said. “They hold the person accountable in a courtroom setting,” he said at a December meeting on the subject. Mental health courts are not funded by the state Legislature, and Greenville, Charleston and Columbia are the only South Carolina counties with a court in operation. soldes newbalance chaussures While reportedly successful, Anderson County’s program was shuttered in 2008 when funding was cut. Since the Greenville court launched in 2005, 82 defendants have entered the program and 55 graduated, for a 75 percent completion rate, Wilkins said. Less than 10 percent have been charged with new crimes, he said. When a grant financing Greenville’s court program ran out, Wilkins’ office joined with probate judges and the Greenville Mental Health and Piedmont Mental Health agencies to keep the Greenville court running. acheter newbalance All volunteer their time, he said. Enrollment is capped at 15 participants per year – a number that “could easily quadruple” if funding could be found to meet the need, Wilkins said. Chaussures Homme New Balance Greenville’s program is “not as robust as I’d like it to be.

House Gives Key Approval to Mental Health Courts Bill

August 13th, 2015 Posted by Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 0 thoughts on “House Gives Key Approval to Mental Health Courts Bill”

May 13th, 2015

Tim Smith wrote a nice piece in the Greenville News this morning about the SC House passing bill S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act. This is an exciting victory in South Carolina, and we hope to see many more in the coming months and years!

Read the full article in the Greenville News

The House gave key approval Tuesday to a bill to expand the state’s mental health courts. New Balance Baskets The 98-2 vote came after no debate. acheter newbalance After a final reading, the bill will head to Gov. new balance 2018 Nikki Haley. acheter newbalance 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 sitemap 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. soldes newbalance chaussures “It’s nice to see both bodies working together for the greater good of our state,” said Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate who proposed the bill last year [….] “Hopefully, this is the beginning of years of mental health reform to come.” Blough and other supporters for the bill, including Sen. Vincent Sheheen, a Camden Democrat who authored the bill, have argued the legislation would save lives and taxpayers’ dollars.

Advocacy Alert for the Mental Health Court Program Act

August 13th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Advocacy Alert for the Mental Health Court Program Act”

March 13th, 2015

An article and video published yesterday by WYFF News Channel 4 discusses the Mental Health Court Program Act and SC’s need for it. The article features Paton Blough and Senator Larry Martin of Pickens discussing the necessity of the bill in the state. Bill S.426 (formerly titled S.209), the Mental Health Court Program Act, is a bill designed to treat mentally ill criminals, rather than incarcerate them for actions that are often outside their control. This bill has been a crucial bi-partisan effort by Paton Blough and a number of SC politicians like Senator Vincent Sheheen (D) and Senator Larry Martin (R). You can watch the video on the WYFF Channel 4 website.

You can help us out in fighting for the Mental Health Court Program Act as well!

You can help us to fight for the passing of this bill by contacting the SC Senate Judiciary Committee! By contacting the following senators, you can encourage them to support S.426, the Mental Health Court Program Act in the Senate Judiciary Committee. By showing these senators your support for this bill, you are telling South Carolina that we NEED mental health courts and mental health reform in the state. Following is a list of the SC senators currently sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee along with their contact information. Now is the time to act for mental health reform! Not sure what to say when you contact these senators? You can use this example letter/speech to help yourself out.

2015 Senate Judiciary Committee

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Bipolar Teen’s Death in Police Station Highlights Rift Between Cops and Mentally Ill

August 6th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 1 thought on “Bipolar Teen’s Death in Police Station Highlights Rift Between Cops and Mentally Ill”

February 06, 2015

Yahoo News has recently published an excellent article about the tragic death of Kristiana Coignard, a teenage girl with bipolar disorder who was shot down in a Texas police station. vente de newbalance This story shows how CIT training is needed for police throughout the whole US. chaussures new balance Paton is also interviewed and quoted in the story, discussing the need for CIT.

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Kristiana Coignard walked into the lobby of an East Texas police station last month with a knife in her waistband and “I have a gun” written on her hand. After asking for help, she instigated a scuffle with police officers that ended in her shooting death. A few days later, police released a security video of the encounter as proof that the officers who shot Coignard were justified in doing so. She was 17 years old.

She also, according to her aunt, Heather Robertson, had been struggling with depression and bipolar disorder for much of her life. Robertson told ThinkProgress that two separate suicide attempts had landed her niece in the hospital in recent years but that Coignard had been keeping up with regular therapy and medication since December, when she came to live with her aunt in Longview, Texas.

“I think it was a cry for help,” Robertson said of the police interaction that ended in Coignard’s death. new balance pas cher “I think they could have done something. They are grown men. I think there is something they are not telling us.”

Coignard’s story is as tragic as it is tragically unexceptional. In fact, the recently piqued public interest in police brutality seems to have revealed Americans with mental illness as the population most vulnerable to excessive or unnecessary use of force by law enforcement.
The absence of abundant, affordable and easily accessible mental health services has seen a comparative rise in the number of mentally ill inmates, parolees, emergency room patients and, though fortunately less common, police casualties.

“What you see on the news is just the tip of the of the iceberg,” Usher said, referring to stories like Kristiana Coignard’s or Keith Vidal’s. “The absolute worst situations get the attention, but they reveal just a tiny percentage of this huge tragedy.”

Paton Blough found himself in the middle of this tragedy 10 years ago. After successfully managing his bipolar disorder with therapy and medication for about three years, an extreme manic episode launched him on a terrifying tour of the criminal justice system. He was arrested six times within three years, racking up a variety of felony and misdemeanor convictions. new balance sitemap He cycled in and out of jail and mental hospitals, ruled by paranoid delusions and extreme depression, before a jail counselor finally helped him get his psychosis and severe depression under control. It was on the road to recovery that Blough learned about NAMI and, eventually, the CIT program.

In 2010, Blough was back on track, living in Greenville, South Carolina, with his new wife when Andrew Torres, a local man with mental illness, died after he was tased in a tussle with police. Torres’s death showed Blough just how lucky he was in comparison. soldes newbalance After all the pepper spray, Tasers and batons he’d been hit with in his many police altercations, he’d never even been seriously injured. He decided to get involved with NAMI that year and has been sharing his story with police officers undergoing CIT training across the country since.

“Advocacy, being able to tell my story, is a big part of my recovery,” Blough told Yahoo News. “It makes me feel better to think that maybe this stuff happened for a reason.

Greenville Mental Health Advocate Pushes for Federal Funding

August 4th, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 1 thought on “Greenville Mental Health Advocate Pushes for Federal Funding”

December 4th, 2015

The Greenville Journal wrote an article yesterday on Paton’s meeting with Trey Gowdy where he announced his support and cosponsorship for HR731, the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015. New Balance Baskets Femme We are still trying to get the rest of South Carolina’s Congressional delegation to support HR731 as well. Click here to learn more about how you can reach out to SC’s delegates to get them to support HR731.

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Greenville mental health advocate Paton Blough last week met with U.S. soldes new balance chaussures Rep. newbalance chaussures Trey Gowdy and convinced him to support federal legislation that would help fund mental health treatment courts. newbalance pas cher Blough, who benefitted from a mental health court program and is a state board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), started a petition campaign this fall to run against Gowdy. In a letter to the congressman, he said Gowdy lacked “leadership in the area of mental health reform.” “The reason I got into this race… was to make the point of the needed mental health reform,” Blough said. However, the evening after the meeting between Gowdy and Blough, which County Councilman Bob Taylor also attended, one of Gowdy’s staffers emailed Blough to let him know that Gowdy would sign on as a cosponsor of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2015. chaussures newbalance pas cher The bill has been referred to the Judiciary Committee’s Crime Subcommittee, which Gowdy sits on, and Blough said he was excited and hoped Gowdy’s leadership would aid the passage of the bill.

Rise In Police Shootings Coincides With Deep Cuts In Mental Health Spending

August 3rd, 2015 Posted by Advocacy, Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media, Video 0 thoughts on “Rise In Police Shootings Coincides With Deep Cuts In Mental Health Spending”

February 03, 2015

WSPA has written an excellent article and accompanying video on how mental health spending cuts has increased police shootings in South Carolina. newbalance pas cher

Read the full article on WSPA News 7 Website

John Pepper was killed by an Anderson County deputy in December 2014. 9-1-1 calls made by Pepper show he was armed, angry and suicidal. soldes new balance chaussures His death was the twelfth officer involved shooting in the Upstate that year and mental health experts said it was one of several that could have been prevented. chaussures newbalance pas cher Between 2009 and 2014, Upstate officer involved shootings shot up. Statistics from the SC State Law Enforcement Division show three such shootings in 2009. newbalance 2018 The same statistics show Upstate officers were involved in 16 shootings in 2011, 13 in 2012, 11 in 2013 and 12 in 2014. What changed? The I-Team reviewed the state statistics, police reports, 911 calls and witness statements looking for patterns in the shootings that could explain the increase including race, location and indeidentifyingracteristics of the suspects shot. Like John Pepper, most of the people shot by law enforcement were white. Chaussures NEW BALANCE In fact, all 12 of the people shot in the Upstate in 2014 were white. Based on the most recent population numbers, the place where officer involved shootings were most likely was Anderson County where the incidents happen at nearly twice the rate of Greenville, Spartanburg or Cherokee Counties. One trait that stood out from the data, officers were called again and again into armed confrontations with someone suffering from mental illness. Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said his officers encounter mental illness daily. new balance pas cher “I think you’d see some decrease in the numbers if we could properly treat the people with mental disease in our community,” Mueller said. Mueller said his deputies might have two or more calls in a single day to take a mentally ill patient to the hospital. He said funding cuts to mental health services leave his officers as the first line of communication with some patients.

Mental Illness is No Crime

August 2nd, 2015 Posted by Articles, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Mental Illness is No Crime”

June 2nd, 2015

Newt Gingrich and Van Jones wrote an excellent article for CNN about how mental ill people need to be treated by appropriate mental health providers, and not be locked up in prisons for their actions. Paton and his person story of dealing with bipolar are highlighted in the article. Please take the time to read this piece. New Balance Homme

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Before Paton Blough got his bipolar disorder under control, it nearly cost him everything. NEW BALANCE en France The Greenville, South Carolina, resident was arrested six times in three years, each for an episode related to his illness. Instead of receiving treatment, he was thrown in jail. In the rough prison environment and without proper treatment, he ended up with two felony convictions for crimes committed while incarcerated. Blough managed to find a path to treatment. new balance 2018 pas cher That makes him one of the lucky ones. Today, mentally ill Americans are disproportionately more likely to be arrested, incarcerated, suffer solitary confinement or rape in prison and commit another crime once released. Quick: Name the largest provider of mental health care in America. soldes newbalance If you guessed “our prisons and jails,” you would be right. A 2006 U.S. acheter newbalance Department of Justice study found that three out of four female inmates in state prisons, 64% of all people in jail, 56% of all state prison inmates and 45% of people in federal prison have symptoms or a history of mental disorder.

NAMI Spotlight of Paton Blough

August 20th, 2014 Posted by Articles, Media, News Commentary, Published Media 1 thought on “NAMI Spotlight of Paton Blough”

January 20, 2014

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has spotlighted Paton Blough on their website, where he has detailed his life’s story. Paton talks of his struggles with Type 1 Bipolar Disorder and how he has worked to overcome it along with the help that NAMI has given him. new balance pas cher

You can read the full article on the NAMI website.

When I was 26 years old, I believed that I had created the picture-perfect life with a family and thriving business. But my life took an abrupt turn when I had my first series of manic episodes in 2002. The disruption and turmoil led to the breakup of my marriage. soldes newbalance I was angry and confused that something like this could happen to an upbeat guy like me. But I was able to work out a simple doctor-and-pill treatment plan that did the job for a few years. My business, focused on disaster recovery, continued to grow, and at least outwardly, my life seemed to be getting back on track. But I continued to keep the delusions that I had during my manic episodes hidden from my doctor and everyone else. newbalance 2018 Then in 2005 I was working on a $2.6 million storm clean up job for the city of Meridian, Miss., which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina, when my third full blown episode of mania took hold. I thought there was an entire good ol’ boy network out to get me after I had accused government officials of fraud in regards to the FEMA-backed clean up contracts. One minute I was so high that my body and mind entered a nirvana-like state with feelings of ultimate power and supreme authority. And then in the next minute I felt so paranoid and scared that I thought my heart would thump out of my chest. The mania escalated to the level that I believed a police officer was trying to pull me over to murder me. new balance 2018 pas cher I took the police on a high speed chase and was arrested for the first time in my life. newbalance chaussures A couple of days later, I believed I was waging nuclear war with China and President Bush was obeying my signals from my jail cell. I thought a microchip was implanted in my lung and the evil forces of the government were trying to control my actions.


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