P&A for People with MI (PAIMI)

PAIMI 2023-2024 Priorities

Our PAIMI program provides both systemic and individual advocacy to people with a mental health diagnosis. We advocate on behalf of individuals living in the community, as well as in congregate care settings, including psychiatric facilities, adult homes, jails, and prisons. We work to enforce and expand the rights of all people with mental illness through lawsuits, public reports, education, outreach, and self-advocacy support.

We advocate to promote the rights of people with mental illness or emotional impairments with particular emphasis on individuals in facilities like:

  • State and county psychiatric facilities
  • Nursing homes
  • Jails and prisons
  • Private treatment facilities

The services that DRNY provides include:

  • Advice/counsel
  • Support in pursuing administrative remedies
  • Technical assistance
  • Investigation and Monitoring
  • Negotiation or mediation
  • Direct legal representation
  • Training and information or referral

Who is Eligible for PAIMI Services?

PAIMI clients are individuals that have significant “mental illness or emotional impairment” as determined by a mental health professional.

There is no charge for our services.