PAIMI Advisory Council

What is the PAIMI Act?

In 1986, Congress took significant action to stop abuse, neglect, and other rights violations against people with mental health disabilities by passing the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act. The PAIMI Act expanded the mandate of Protection & Advocacy (P&A) organizations, like the DLC, to include advocacy for people with mental health disabilities. Initially, the Act only included services for people living in or recently discharged from institutions. However, Congress expanded the PAIMI Act in 2000 to include advocacy on behalf of people with mental health disabilities living in the community. The PAIMI Act authorizes the DLC to investigate abuse and neglect against people with mental health disabilities, and to advocate for their legal rights. This program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

What is the PAIMI Advisory Council?

The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council advises the Disability Law Center (DLC) on the priorities and policies which guide its work to protect and advocate for the rights of Utahns with mental illness. The Council is composed of consumers of mental health services, family members, providers, attorneys, and other interested persons from the community. The Council Chair also serves as a liaison to the DLC’s Board of Trustees.

Current PAIMI Advisory Council Members

Harold J. Fricke

PAIMI Advisory Council Member

Kenneth Gourdin

PAIMI Advisory Council Member
Ken is a native Utahn who has spent his entire life living in our beautiful state, except for a brief two- year interlude doing religiously oriented volunteer work in San Diego, CA. Originally, Ken was involved with the PAIMI Council from 2007-2009, […] Continue Reading

Bernie Hart

Vice Chair
Bernie is originally from Connecticut, but has made Utah home for the last 23 years. Bernie has been involved with the PAIMI Council for 2 years and is passionate about the fair treatment of individuals who have difficulty interacting with the […] Continue Reading

Marita Hart

PAIMI Advisory Council Member
Marita is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but has called Utah home for the last 50 years. Marita has been actively engaged with the Understand Us street Tai Chi program for 8 years and is passionate about getting things done with a positive […] Continue Reading

Tricia Jones-Parkin

PAIMI Advisory Council Member

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How To Participate

Anyone interested in serving on the PAIMI Council, please review the information available on the PAIMI Advisory Council Membership Application page.

If you have a comment you would like the PAIMI council to consider, please submit it through our survey.

Resources

PAIMI Advisory Council Calendar

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The PAIMI Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the DLC Office or via Zoom, excluding July and December. Anyone interested in attending a meeting, please contact the PAIMI coordinator, at (801) 363-1347, or email PAIMI@disabilitylawcenter.org.