Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

The purposes of the PAIMI Act are:

 
  • To ensure that the rights of individuals with mental illness are protected; and
 
  • To protect and advocate the rights of such individuals through activities to ensure the enforcement of the Constitution and other Federal and state statutes; and
 
  • To investigate incidents of abuse and neglect of individuals with mental illness if the incidents are reported to the system or if there is probable cause to believe that the incidents occurred.

PAIMI may provide Services for the following individuals:

Individuals who have a significant mental illness or emotional impairment, as determined by a mental health professional qualified under the laws and regulations of the State:

AND

Inpatient or resident of facility rendering care and/or treatment

OR

90 days post discharge from a facility

OR

In transport to a facility

OR

In process of being admitted to a facility

OR

Involuntarily confined to a municipal detention facility without a criminal conviction

OR

Lives in a community setting including their own home

AND

alleged abuse or neglect or rights violation.

PAIMI may provide the following services:

 
  • Provide information and referral;
 
  • Protect and advocate the rights of such individuals through activities to ensure the enforcement of the Constitution and Federal and State statutes; and
 
  • Investigate incidents of abuse and neglect of individuals with mental illness if the incidents are reported to the system or if there is probable cause to believe that the incidents occurred; and
 
  • Access facilities in the State providing care or treatment; and
 
  • Have access to all records as outlined in Section 10806 of the Act.

PAIMI is authorized in:

42 U.S.C. § 10801, P.L. 106-310
Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act 1986, as amended
(Last amendment and reauthorization: Children's Health Act of 2000)

 PAIMI is administered and regulated by:

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 2-1091, Rockville, MD  20857
Phone: (240) 276-1739, Fax: (240) 276-1770

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