OCTOBER 1, 2015 to SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Advocate to protect people in facilities (as defined in the PAIMI statute and regulations) from abuse and neglect.
Advocate to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint in facilities (as defined in the PAIMI statute and regulations), including monitoring the use of seclusion and restraint in facilities to ensure that any use is consistent with legal requirements.
Advocate to ensure that people receive necessary supports and services in the most integrated setting appropriate.
Advocate to ensure that people are free from discrimination in housing, employment, education, access to public benefits and services, and access to public accommodations.
Advocate to ensure that public school students receive appropriate supports and services in the least restrictive environment, including those necessary to remain in school, be free from bullying, and not be subject to seclusion and restraint.
Advocate to ensure that people have access to publicly funded mental health services, including ensuring access to all appropriate managed care and waiver services, consistent with best practices, and enforcing rights secured by mental health parity, confidentiality, and consent laws.
Advocate to ensure that people in prisons and jails receive appropriate mental health services in the least restrictive environment, including reducing and eliminating solitary confinement for individuals with mental illness and assuring that appropriate discharge planning is provided for individuals returning to the community.
Advocate to address systemic failures to implement, consistent with best practices, culturally sensitive appropriate crisis intervention services and mental health and suicide prevention screenings, assure appropriate interactions in the community between persons with mental illness and law enforcement personnel, and increase training on mental illness and crisis intervention techniques for law enforcement personnel, including police officers and staff in prisons and jails.
Advocate to ensure that people make their own decisions and control their resources to the maximum extent possible.
Conduct outreach, education, and training to assure that persons with mental illness, family members, advocacy organizations, and providers have an increased understanding of the legal rights of persons with mental illness and know about DRNY and the services it provides.
PROTECTION & ADVOCACY FOR INDIVIDUALS
WITH MENTAL ILLNESS (PAIMI)
OCTOBER 1, 2015 to SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
PAIMI clients are individuals that have significant “mental illness or emotional impairment” as determined by a mental health professional.
The PAIMI program advocates to promote the rights of people with mental illness or emotional impairments with particular emphasis on individuals in facilities, such as state and county psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, jails and prisons, and private treatment facilities.
The PAIMI program provides services to individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness. These services include: advice/counsel; support in pursuing administrative remedies; technical assistance; investigation and monitoring; negotiation or mediation; direct legal representation; training; and information or referral. The PAIMI program places a priority on serving persons with serious mental illness who live in facilities that provide care and treatment, but also serves individuals with serious mental illness who live in the community.There is no charge for our services.
Betsy Sterling, Esq.
Elena Landriscina Alison Lynch
Staff Attorney Staff Attorney
Amanda Pearlstein Andrew Stecker
Law Graduate Staff Attorney
Ben Thapa Brandy Tomlinson Staff Attorney Staff Attorney