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Protection and Advocacy

for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

PAIMI Statutory Authority

42 USC §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 Designation

PAIMI is to be provided by the same center designated by the Governor to provide PADD.  

PAIMI Purpose

Protect people with a diagnosis of mental illness from abuse and neglect, and to advocate for their rights as established in our federal and state constitutions and laws.

PAIMI Eligibility

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 Services

1.

Provide information and referral;

2.

Protect and advocate the rights of such individuals through activities to ensure the enforcement of the Constitution and Federal and State statutes;

3.

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 Administration

Branch Chief,  Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI):

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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