The purpose of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program is to protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with mental illness. DRMS can help with these problems by providing individual advocacy, public information and education regarding the needs and rights of individuals with mental illness, monitoring of state institutions and private and public psychiatric hospitals, identifying problems in the system of services delivery, and working to improve the system.
PAIMI services are provided to individuals who are residents of mental health facilities, in the process of being admitted to a facility, involuntarily confined in a detention facility for reasons other than serving a sentence resulting from conviction for a criminal offense, or current or past recipients of mental health services including services in a hospital or any facility (public or private) where the person is primarily labeled mentally ill.
PAIMI is authorized in:
42 U.S.C.A. §§ 10801-10807, 10821-10827
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) – 1-800-789-2647
Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775