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Nelson Mullins’ Dan Westbrook to Discuss Mental Health in Prisons During Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 17, 2017)–Daniel J. Westbrook, a healthcare partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Columbia office, will address mental health treatment in South Carolina prisons during the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health in Greenville May 12-13. Tipper Gore, a former mental health advisor to President Bill Clinton during her husband’s term as vice president, will be the featured speaker.  Click here for more information and to register.

Mr. Westbrook represented Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities and a class of inmates with mental illnesses in a lawsuit against the S.C. Department of Corrections. After long-fought litigation and two years of negotiations, a settlement agreement was struck in 2016 that could end what then-Circuit Judge Michael Baxley called the unconstitutional treatment of an estimated 3,500 severely mentally ill offenders in the S. C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) facilities.

The second annual symposium is held to raise awareness about and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness as well as improve access to services. Ms. Gore chaired the first White House National Conference on Mental Health, which involved tens of thousands of Americans in more than 1,000 cities nationwide. An advocate for eliminating the stigma of mental illness, she also supports quality, affordable mental health care.

Other speakers will address topics including responding to signs of mental illness and substance abuse, depression in the workplace, and ways to improve worker productivity.

The event is hosted by Greenville Health System's (GHS) Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine. Other sponsors are the GHS Health Sciences Center, which includes Clemson University, Furman University, and the University of South Carolina; BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina; the Carolina Center for Behavioral Health; FAVOR Greenville; Lundbeck; NAMI Greenville; NAMI North Carolina; Nelson Mullins; and the S.C. Department of Mental Health.

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