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State urged to drop appeal of inmate mental health ruling

August 16th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “State urged to drop appeal of inmate mental health ruling”

January 16, 2014

Paton Blough and Dr. newbalance 2018 James Hayes, the president of the state board for NAMI, were interviewed by the Greenville News about their petition to stop South Carolina’s appeal against Judge Baxley’s ruling on mental illness in the state’s prisons. newbalance 2018 You can sign the petition yourself as well: sign the petition.

You can read the full article on Greenville News Online

COLUMBIA — A Greenville mental health advocate has collected more than 100 signatures from lawmakers, County Council members, mental health officials and others asking that the state drop its appeal of a judge’s order last week that the prison system develop a plan to improve its treatment of inmates who have serious mental illness. soldes newbalance Paton Blough of Greenville, a mental health advocate who founded the website rehinge. chaussures new balance com, said he believes the state can only effectively focus on improving its care of the mentally ill in prison when it stops fighting Judge Michael Baxley’s ruling. Dr. newbalance pas cher James Hayes of Greenville, president of the state board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, signed the petition and also said the state should drop the appeal. soldes new balance chaussures “If we appeal this, it will be one more reason not to do some meaningful reform,” he told The Greenville News. acheter newbalance “It’s critically important that our prisoners with mental illness get the proper care.

SC Could Expand Mental Health Court Program

August 15th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary, Speaking Events, Video 0 thoughts on “SC Could Expand Mental Health Court Program”

April 15, 2014

Paton Blough of Rehinge spoke in front of the Greenville County Delegation last night on the topic of mental health courts. Paton is pushing for South Carolina to adopt more mental health courts in each county of the state. new balance pas cher This expansion of mental health courts would reduce recidivism rates of mentally ill inmates and also save the state millions of dollars. new balance sitemap

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A Greenville mental health advocate spoke with lawmakers Monday night to raise support for more mental health courts in South Carolina. Chaussures NEW BALANCE Right now, there are three in Greenville, Richland and Charleston counties. vente de newbalance The courts allow non-violent mentally ill offenders to meet with a judge and sign up for treatment.

Paton Blough graduated from Greenville’s mental health court several years ago. new balance Homme pas cher “I believe the program was a big part of my recovery without a doubt,” Blough said. solde newbalance map Blough faced some misdemeanors as he struggled with bipolar disorder.

Federal money fund many existing courts. newbalance pas cher Blough has worked with a state senator and hopes that a bill can be introduced this year.

Criminal Records Leave Mentally Ill Struggling to Succeed

August 15th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Criminal Records Leave Mentally Ill Struggling to Succeed”

April 15, 2014

The Post and Courier has written an extensive article on the state of mental health in South Carolina and throughout the US. The article follows the story of a man named Glen Yerkey who has bipolar, and is struggling to find work and to escape his criminal record. The article explains how the prisons in the US have become the new mental asylums in our country. A number of other experts and advocates weigh in on the article, including Rehinge’s Paton Blough. Comprehensive mental health reform is needed in the US, especially our corrections systems.

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At 19, Glen Yerkey notched his first arrest, an act that branded him a criminal. Today, his rap sheet of thefts and petty crimes is so long, his stays behind bars so many, that he sees no meaningful future. New Balance Homme Yerkey is 26. chaussures new balance He can’t find a job or a place to live. With few options, he wonders how he can escape a life of crime. “I can’t stand it,” Yerkey, who’s living with his mother on James Island, said. “I’m disgusted with my situation.” Yerkey contends his problems, in large part, are rooted in his struggles with bipolar disorder. new balance pas cher For years, he has suffered manic highs (like the time he took an MUSC hospital bus on a joy ride) and severe lows (which he medicated with alcohol and illegal drugs). But like tens of thousands of mentally ill people across the nation, Yerkey’s troubles are often more apt to land him in a jail cell than in treatment. new balance 2018 Prisons and jails have become the new asylums for those who once might have ended up in psychiatric hospitals or other care, experts say. “There is a clear consensus that prisons are now the largest mental hospitals,” said Dr. Harold Morgan, a long-time forensic psychiatrist in Columbia who examined seriously ill inmates to take part in the recent class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections. About 40 percent of people with serious mental illnesses today have been in jail or prison at some point, studies show. In South Carolina, at least five times more are in jails and prisons than in hospitals, a 2010 study by the nonprofit Advocacy Treatment Center and the National Sheriffs’ Association found. new balance pas cher 2018 Only three states – Nevada, Arizona and Texas – had higher rates. And when the advocacy center’s researchers released a new report about the problem last week, what did they have to say about South Carolina? “The state ranks near the bottom on availability of public psychiatric beds, efforts to divert mentally ill individuals, per capita state mental health expenditures, and almost every other measure of treatment for mentally ill individuals.”

Blough, who has bipolar disorder, spent one-third of his life from 2005 to 2008 behind bars or in psychiatric hospitals. new balance 2018 pas cher He’s seen the criminal justice system become the frontline of mental health care. He was arrested six times. Three times it went badly. Three times it went well. “The difference wasn’t me. I was fully manic in all six. The difference was the officers who dealt with me,” said Blough, now a married father in recovery. During one arrest, he spit on a detention officer. Another time he yelled threats against a local sheriff’s deputy. Both led to felony charges. Today, he deals with what he deems PTSD from being jolted with a stun gun, strapped to chairs, pepper sprayed and locked in isolation. He also gained a record of felonies. He blames a lack of hospital beds for those who need it. “Instead, it’s jail,” he said. “We criminalize the mentally ill.” Now, he’s an advocate and speaks to law enforcement groups and lawmakers. Blough didn’t set out to commit crimes. He believed he was waging nuclear war with China and that former President Bush was obeying his signals from a jail cell. He was trying to save the world. “It felt as real as the sky is blue,” Blough said. “It’s all from a mental health basis. It’s not a behavioral issue.

Greenville County Mental Health Court Presentation

August 14th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary, Speaking Events 0 thoughts on “Greenville County Mental Health Court Presentation”

Greenville County Mental Health Court Presentation

Paton Blough has created a presentation pushing for a SC bill for mental health courts. new balance 2018 pas cher The presentation includes mental health statistics throughout the nation and South Carolina, newbalance 2018 pas cher and shows the This presentation will be shown at the Greenville County delegation on 4-14-2014 by Paton Blough. new balance pas cher 2018 The council meeting will include 7 Senators and 15 House members from the state.

South Carolina Legislature List

August 14th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “South Carolina Legislature List”

March 14, new balance 2018 2014

You can help us work for lasting mental health reform in South Carolina by contacting the state House Members and Senators. soldes newbalance Below you can download and print out a PDF file with a list of the SC Legislature and the members’ contact information.

The Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere to Go

August 13th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “The Cost of Not Caring: Nowhere to Go”

May 13, 2014

An amazingly detailed and tragically beautiful article from USA today about the state of mental health in the United States. chaussures newbalance pas cher It’s a bit of a read, but well worth it to take the time to learn more about the sad state of US mental health care and its cost.

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More than half a million Americans with serious mental illness are falling through the cracks of a system in tatters, a USA TODAY special report shows. The mentally ill who have nowhere to go and find little sympathy from those around them often land hard in emergency rooms, county jails and city streets. acheter newbalance The lucky ones find homes with family. The unlucky ones show up in the morgue. newbalance 2018 “We have replaced the hospital bed with the jail cell, the homeless shelter and the coffin,” says Rep. newbalance pas cher Tim Murphy, R-Pa., a child psychologist leading an effort to remodel the mental health system. “How is that compassionate?” States looking to save money have pared away both the community mental health services designed to keep people healthy, as well as the hospital care needed to help them heal after a crisis. newbalance pas cher tates have been reducing hospital beds for decades, because of insurance pressures as well as a desire to provide more care outside institutions. Tight budgets during the recession forced some of the most devastating cuts in recent memory, says Robert Glover, executive director of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. States cut $5 billion in mental health services from 2009 to 2012. soldes newbalance In the same period, the country eliminated at least 4,500 public psychiatric hospital beds — nearly 10% of the total supply, he says. new balance 2018 The result is that, all too often, people with mental illness get no care at all. Nearly 40% of adults with “severe” mental illness — such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder — received no treatment in the previous year, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

August 13th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary, Stories of Hope 0 thoughts on “Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio”

November 13, 2014

Here’s an amazing article from NPR.org that highlights the efforts made by the police of San Antonio, Texas. Police officers known as mental health cops have been part of an overall effort by San Antonio to reform their mental health and prison systems in the city, with great success. New Balance Baskets Femme We need this kind of reform throughout the whole country.

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It’s almost 4 p.m., and police officers Ernest Stevens and Ned Bandoske have been driving around town in their unmarked black SUV since early this morning. The officers are part of San Antonio’s mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness may be an issue. newbalance 2018 The officers spot a call for help on their laptop from a group home across town. “A male individual put a blanket on fire this morning,” Stevens reads from the blotter. NEW BALANCE en France “He’s arguing … and is a danger to himself and others. He’s off his medications.” A few minutes later, the SUV pulls up in front of the group home. A thin 24-year-old sits on a wooden bench out back, wearing a black hoodie. “You’re Mason?” asks Bandoske. “What happened to your blanket?” Eight years ago, the next stop for someone like Mason would have been a hospital emergency room or jail. Chaussures NEW BALANCE (Because of his condition, NPR is not using Mason’s last name.) But the Bexar County jail, in San Antonio, was so overcrowded — largely with people with serious mental illnesses — that the state was getting ready to levy fines. This sort of situation is not unusual: Across the country, jails hold 10 times as many people with serious mental illness as state hospitals do, according to a recent report from the Treatment Advocacy Center, a national nonprofit that lobbies for better treatment options for people with mental illness. To deal with the problem, San Antonio and Bexar County have transformed their mental health system into a program considered a model for the rest of the nation. acheter newbalance en ligne Today, the jails aren’t full, and the city and county have saved $50 million over the past five years. The effort has focused on an idea called “smart justice” — basically, diverting people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment instead. Chaussures New Balance San Antonio’s new approach starts with the kind of interaction Bandoske and Stevens are having with Mason. acheter newbalance The troubled young man is hunched over, and his eyes dart back and forth between the two officers. He mumbles answers to the officers’ questions, sometimes stopping to stare at a spot in the distance. For outsiders, it’s hard to know what’s going on, but the officers say they can tell Mason is hallucinating.

More Aid Urged for Mental Health

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Advocates rally for mental health improvements

March 13, 2014

An outpouring of over 100 supporters for mental health reform in the state of South Carolina occurred yesterday on the steps of the Statehouse. newbalance pas cher Mental health advocates and leaders from around the state met in the capital to advocate for solid, lasting mental health improvements. Local and state political officials showed up as well to show their support for reform. new balance 2018 The time for change in the state of South Carolina is now. acheter newbalance en ligne

Read the Full Article on The Greenville News Site

Tyler Pearson, a member of Gateway in Greenville, an agency providing programs for those in recovery from mental illness, says he enjoys mental health rallies because they show support for those in recovery. “It means a lot,” he said Wednesday, minutes after a rally concluded on the Statehouse steps. “It’s a great opportunity.” Pearson was among more than 100 people, including state and local officials, mental health professionals, friends and family members of those suffering from mental illness and those in recovery who gathered to hear lawmakers and state officials talk about the importance of mental health and plans they have for improving the system. acheter newbalance “We are here today to challenge our leaders and to educate them on the systemic failures of our broken institutions, and to encourage them to take action,” said Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate. soldes newbalance “We’re here to come together and realize just how bad the mental health crisis is in South Carolina, and how much we desperately need more than lip service from our leaders.” Blough and others, including some lawmakers, said they are watching the state Department of Corrections in the wake of a judge’s 45-page order in January finding the agency had violated the constitutional rights of mentally ill prisoners in horrific ways.

Paton Blough of Rehinge also spoke at the rally, offering a compassionate and impassioned speech about the mentally ill in our country. newbalance chaussures Paton talks about his history of mental illness and how he is working for reform in South Carolina. soldes newbalance chaussures Paton encouraged the attendees to stand up and contact their local legislatures to request that they too work towards mental health reform.

Lawmakers Look to Expand Mental Health Courts

August 12th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Lawmakers Look to Expand Mental Health Courts”

Lawmakers look to expand mental health courts

March 12, 2014

A number of lawmakers have begun looking at the possibility of expanding mental health courts in South Carolina. newbalance 2018 This a tremendous step forward for mental health reform in SC’s Corrections System if more mental health courts are opened in the state. acheter newbalance en ligne Paton Blough has also been working to get these changes implemented. Paton worked to get information for Tim Smith from the Greenville News to make this article happen.

Read the Full Article on The Greenville News Site

Some state lawmakers are looking favorably at the idea of expanding mental health courts in the state as a tool to divert mentally ill defendants from jails or prisons where they cost taxpayers millions of dollars to house and don’t receive the treatment they need before their release. newbalance 2018 pas cher The state currently operates mental health courts in Greenville, Columbia and Charleston, offering those suffering mental illness a chance to avoid jail or prison time. Such programs, which operate like the state’s drug courts, not only can channel the mentally ill to better treatment options, advocates say, they also can save governments money that would be spent on jail or prison costs. newbalance pas cher “The court is quite effective and really good,” 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins of Greenville told The Greenville News. newbalance pas cher “I’m a big advocate for it.” House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister of Greenville said lawmakers should look at expanding the mental health court after the success of drug courts.

A Goodbye to Robin Williams

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August 12th, 2014

Famous actor and comedian Robin Williams tragically passed away on August 11th due to committing suicide. newbalance 2018 pas cher The hearts of us at Rehinge go out to the friends and family of Robin Williams, as well as to everyone whose life he has touched in some way. New Balance Baskets Robin Williams lived with depression and would openly talk about his difficulties with mental illness and trouble with addiction. new balance pas cher Despite his own struggles, Robin Williams made so many of us laugh and tried to get us to look past our troubles to see the good in life and the hope it can bring. This tragedy shows that mental illness is very real and can affect anyone regardless of their status. newbalance 2018 While Robin William’s death is heartbreaking, we must keep moving on to provide better support for those living with mental illness. new balance sitemap If you or a loved one is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255. A message of HOPE from the beloved Robin Williams – he often broke through my depression and made me laugh.

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