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SC Could Expand Mental Health Court Program

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GREENVILLE, S.C. - A Greenville mental health advocate spoke with lawmakers Monday night to raise support for more mental health courts in South Carolina.

Right now, there are three in Greenville, Richland and Charleston counties.

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.

"I believe the program was a big part of my recovery without a doubt," Blough said.

Blough faced some misdemeanors as he struggled with bipolar disorder.

Federal money fund many existing courts.

Blough has worked with a state senator and hopes that a bill can be introduced this year.

Several members of Greenville County's legislative delegation seemed supportive when Blough talked with them Monday.

"I think money is going to be the hard part, finding the resources to do that but if you look at any other specific court you see a lot of success," state Rep. Dan Hamilton, (R) Greenville County, said.

Blough pointed to the costs associated with putting someone with a mental illness in jail and not getting them any treatment.

Greenville's mental health court has had success with people not re-offending.

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