PAIMI

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 for the rights of such individuals through activities to ensure compliance with 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; and

Protect and advocate for the rights of such individuals through activities to ensure compliance with 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.