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Prisons Department: Almost $900K Spent Defending Lawsuit

August 12th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Prisons Department: Almost $900K Spent Defending Lawsuit”

February 12, 2014

South Carolina has spent almost $900,000 on defending the Department of Corrections for their mistreatment of mentally ill inmates. Judge Baxley has already ruled for the state to develop a plan to improve the state’s handling of mentally ill prisoners, but the state is currently trying to appeal this ruling—spending more and more tax payer money to not correct the problem. new balance 2018 pas cher Help us fight back against this appeal by signing our petition! You can also take the time to read Rehinge’s mental health reform proposed changes to the SC Department of Corrections.

Read the Full Article on the Greenville News Website

COLUMBIA — The state has spent almost $900,000 with a private law firm since 2005, defending the Department of Corrections against a lawsuit asking for better treatment of inmates with serious mental illness, the agency has confirmed. acheter newbalance en ligne Circuit Judge Michael Baxley last month found that the state’s prison system has repeatedly violated the rights of the seriously mentally ill, in some cases resulting in their deaths, and ordered the agency to develop a plan of improvements within six months. acheter newbalance His 45-page order included individual horror stories, including cases in which inmates were placed in solitary for years, strapped into restraining chairs in painful positions and left naked and in filth in cold, empty cells. new balance sitemap Sen. acheter newbalance en ligne Karl Allen, a Greenville lawyer and a member of the Senate Corrections and Penology Committee, said the amount spent on defending against the suit is “almost borderline ridiculous.”

Later in the article, Paton Blough was interviewed by the Greenville News:

Paton Blough, a Greenville mental health advocate, had asked the prison system for the amount it spent defending itself from the lawsuit. soldes newbalance chaussures “I think it’s a tragic waste,” he said of the money spent.

Bleak Picture for Mentally Ill: 80% are Jobless

August 10th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Bleak Picture for Mentally Ill: 80% are Jobless”

July 10, 2014

This is heartbreaking article from USA Today. Those living with mental illness face a much greater unemployment rate compared to the national average. chaussures new balance The article highlights some solutions towards this issue, but right now no one is implementing these solutions. newbalance 2018 pas cher We still have a long way to go for mental health reform in our country. acheter newbalance

Read the full article on USA Today’s website

Eighty percent of people with mental illness are unemployed, a statistic that says more about the lack of support for this group of people than it does about the economy, according to a new study. soldes newbalance As in so many other areas of mental health, solutions to this problem exist, but simply aren’t utilized, says Mary Giliberti, executive director of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. soldes newbalance chaussures “These statistics paint a pretty bleak picture,” she says. “We think we can do a lot better.” About 60% of people with mental illness want to work. new balance femme pas cher And two-thirds can successfully hold down a job, if they’re given appropriate support, the report says. acheter newbalance Yet fewer than 2% of people in the public mental health system receive this help, a cost-effective program called supported employment, which has been studied in 20 high-quality clinical trials over the past 25 years. Yet supported employment programs are rare, partly because of the difficulty of cobbling together sufficient funding, says Robert Drake, a professor at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center in New Hampshire.

Free CIT Webinar presented by NAMI

August 9th, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Free CIT Webinar presented by NAMI”

September 09, 2014

Tune into a free webinar presented by NAMI to see Paton Blough speaking about CIT: Transforming Communities after Tragedy! The Webinar is THIS Wednesday (09-10-14) at 11:00am, EST. Major Sam Cochran of the Universty of Memphis CIT Center, Laura Usher, the CIT Program Manager of NAMI, and Paton Blough of Rehinge will be discussing CIT Training and how it benefits our communities. chaussures new balance How to join the Webinar: 1. new balance pas cher Follow this link: http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/cit/ 2. soldes newbalance When the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select “Enter as a Guest,” enter the name and state of the participant in the “Name” field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on “Enter Room.” 3. Chaussures New Balance Once prompted to join the Audio portion of the meeting, please select: “Dialing-in to the Audio Conference Via Phone.” Then dial 1-888-727-2247 and enter the conference ID number 5433540#. newbalance 2018 pas cher 4. new balance pas cher 2018 Dialing in allows for interaction and dialogue. Please ensure that your computer speakers are turned down so that there is no audio feedback. Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation. solde newbalance map Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs do more than train police to respond to mental health crisis safely and humanely.

Judge: Prisons Mistreat Mentally Ill

August 9th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Judge: Prisons Mistreat Mentally Ill”

January 09, 2014

Read the full article in the Greenville News.

COLUMBIA — The state’s prison system has failed its inmates who have serious mental health illness, according to a scathing, 45-page ruling by a state judge who detailed cases in which inmates were placed in solitary for years, put naked into restraining chairs in painful positions and left naked and in filth in cold, empty cells. newbalance chaussures Circuit Judge Michael Baxley ruled Wednesday that the South Carolina Department of Corrections had violated the constitutional rights of prisoners with serious mental illness. soldes newbalance The agency late Wednesday issued a three-sentence statement saying it would appeal Baxley’s decision. NEW BALANCE en France “Mental health is not just a corrections’ problem, it’s a national problem that all sectors of society are working to address,” the agency said in its statement. new balance sitemap The agency didn’t address any of the specific allegations.

Judge: SC Corrections Dept. Must Improve Inmate Mental Health

August 9th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 1 thought on “Judge: SC Corrections Dept. Must Improve Inmate Mental Health”

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There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals

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There Are 10 Times More Mentally Ill People Behind Bars Than in State Hospitals

April 09, 2014

Our prisons are currently being overrun by mentally ill inmates. These people should be given a place in psychiatric hospital beds, but instead our country is sending them to prison. This article from Mother Jones puts the issue into perspective. soldes newbalance chaussures

Read Full Article on Mother Jones Website

Severe mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, are brain diseases—biological conditions like heart disease or epilepsy. Yet in this country, the institutions most likely to be treating people with these illnesses are not hospitals, but rather jails and prisons. According to a new report from the Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), a nonprofit advocacy organization, the United States has fully returned to the 18th-century model of incarcerating the mentally ill in correctional institutions rather than treating them in health care facilities like any other sick people. new balance Homme pas cher In 2012, there were roughly 356,268 inmates with severe mental illnesses in prisons and jails, while only 35,000 people with the same diseases were in state psychiatric hospitals. The numbers of incarcerated mentally ill have been growing, and TAC reports that their treatment in the corrections system is nothing less than abominable. NEW BALANCE en France Mentally ill inmates are more likely to become the victims of sexual assault and abuse. acheter newbalance They’re also overrepresented in solitary confinement, and they are much more likely than other prisoners to commit suicide. Putting the mentally ill in jails instead of hospitals isn’t saving the government any money. In Washington state, for instance, in 2009, the most seriously mentally ill inmates cost more than $100,000 a year to confine, compared with $30,000 for others. soldes newbalance One reason for the disparity: According to the report, mentally ill people tend to stay in jail longer than other prisoners because they aren’t likely to get bail and also because they are often chronic rule-breakers. chaussures new balance For example, according to the report, in Florida’s Orange County jail most inmates stay an average of 26 days, but mentally ill inmates are there for 51 days on average. new balance 2018 Even worse is New York’s Rikers Island jail, where last month a homeless, mentally ill veteran, who’d been arrested for sleeping on the roof of a public housing project, “basically baked to death” in his cell. The average stay for an inmate at Rikers is 42 days.

Overcrowded, Underfunded Jail Tip of Issue

August 7th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Overcrowded, Underfunded Jail Tip of Issue”

Sheriff Rick Clark gives The Progress exclusive look inside facility

March 6, 2014

Shocking information about the overcrowded conditions of the Pickens County Detention Center in South Carolina has come to light. Chaussures New Balance Mentally ill inmates are being detained grossly past their completed sentences because hospital beds for the mentally ill are simply not available. chaussures newbalance pas cher South Carolina desperately needs more hospital beds available for mentally ill individuals.

Read the Full Article on The Easley Progress News Site

The housing of detainees for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Department is difficult enough, but when a lack of funding in the mental health system of the state makes matters worse, there are few options available. newbalance pas cher In a 1970’s facility rated for 93 beds, equating to 93 inmates, the Pickens County Detention Center is faced with an overcrowding issue that goes beyond just housing inmates and extends to housing those awaiting beds at state mental facilities. new balance pas cher As of March 4, there were 210 inmates being held by the Sheriff’s Department locally, more than double the capacity. soldes newbalance For some, the wait is indefinite. newbalance 2018 pas cher “One of our inmates has waited for 568 days for a bed, and although he is finally in Columbia, that’s a year and a half when you do the math,” Jail Administrator Captain Keith Galloway explained. “We have another that’s waited 544 days.

SC Senator Stands Up to Corrections Director Over Mentally Ill Inmates

August 7th, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “SC Senator Stands Up to Corrections Director Over Mentally Ill Inmates”

New SC senator won’t be muzzled – defies committee chairman to ask about mentally ill prisoners

February 6, 2014

South Carolina Senator Marlon Kimpson of Charleston confronted SC Corrections Director Brian Stirling over the recent ruling of Judge Michael Baxley. New Balance Baskets Femme The ruling found that many mentally ill inmates in SC’s prisons were grossly abused by the corrections system. newbalance 2018 During the recent Senate Corrections and Penology Committee hearing, SC senators were told to not ask Director Stirling any questions about Judge Baxley’s ruling. acheter newbalance Senator Kimpson refused to keep quiet though, and boldly questioned Director Stirling about the ruling. chaussures newbalance pas cher

“With all due to respect to the chair’s opening comments, I can’t sit here in good conscience and not ask you about the disturbing 40-odd page order by Judge Baxley,” Kimpson told Stirling. Kimpson’s tone was polite but firm.

To read the full article and the questions Senator Kimpson asked, please visit The State News’ Website.

There is still hope for South Carolina to improve their treatment of the mentally ill in their prisons. acheter newbalance If you would like to help fight for the mentally ill in our state, please sign our petition to stop SC’s appeal of Judge Baxley’s ruling. Also take the time to read Rehinge’s SC Prison Mental Health Reform Proposal, and present it to your local legislators.

Mentally Ill Man Threatened Officers

August 3rd, 2014 Posted by Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “Mentally Ill Man Threatened Officers”

December 03, 2014

Earlier this week there was a tradgic shooting of a mentally ill man. John Pepper was shot by an Anderson County deputy after being threatened by Pepper during a standoff at his home. new balance pas cher This is clearly a case where better CIT training in dealing with potentially dangerous mentally ill individuals would greatly benefit Anderson County, South Carolina and our nation as a whole. acheter newbalance en ligne Paton weighed in on the situation in the following article from the Greenville News, suggesting how the situation could have been handled better by the police officers.

Read the full article on the Greenville News

Before he was fatally shot, John Pepper told deputies that he was “ready to leave this world” and would “kill them all” if they didn’t leave his property, according to a Sheriff’s Office report released Tuesday. Pepper would be dead within two hours after he was shot in the chest by an Anderson County deputy. new balance pas cher The deputy is on paid administrative leave while SLED investigates the standoff that a local mental health advocate believes may have been escalated when deputies didn’t back off. new balance 2018 Paton Blough has trained officers across the Upstate on crisis intervention techniques, including those at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. new balance sitemap He often tells officers to take their time in situations like the one that happened outside Pepper’s home on Brogan Avenue. soldes newbalance “Just going slow and backing off can calm the situation down,” Blough said Tuesday.

McAuliffe Signs ‘First Step’ to Reforming Virginia’s Mental Health System

August 2nd, 2014 Posted by Advocacy, Media, News Commentary 0 thoughts on “McAuliffe Signs ‘First Step’ to Reforming Virginia’s Mental Health System”

May 02, 2014

Exciting news from Virginia as Governor Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds take the first steps for mental health reform in the state. new balance pas cher Senator Deeds began to take action after his son tragically stabbed Deeds in late 2013 before killing himself. Hopefully, from the midst of this tragedy, mental health reform in Virginia will soon occur. new balance pas cher

Read the Full Article on the Washington Post Website

With Sen. new balance sitemap R. Creigh Deeds at his side, Gov. new balance Homme pas cher Terry McAuliffe on Monday signed legislation meant to reform the mental health system that Deeds said failed his mentally ill son, who stabbed the senator before killing himself in November. McAuliffe (D) traveled to Charlottesville to ceremonially sign the bill at the hospital that treated Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor in 2009, for stab wounds. soldes new balance chaussures A bipartisan group of senators and delegates came from as far as Northern Virginia to witness the event, pledging to keep pushing for more reforms. acheter newbalance en ligne “It’s an important first step,” McAuliffe said.

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