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PAIMI Program

What is PAIMI?

The PAIMI program was established by Congress in 1986. Each state has a PAIMI program which receives funding from the National Center for Mental Health Services. The purpose of PAIMI is:

  • to protect and advocate for the rights of people with mental illness, and

  • to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect of persons living in residential facilities or facilities that provide care and treatment.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) administers the PAIMI Program.

PAIMI Services

The PAIMI program offers the following services:

  • information and referral regarding available programs and services;

  • individual and systemic advocacy;

  • legal representation;

  • outreach, education, training and technical assistance on disability rights, laws and services.

PAIMI provides assistance in the following areas:

  • institutional abuse and neglect;

  • discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations;

  • special education;

  • health care;

  • assistive technology.

Who is Eligible for PAIMI Services?

Those eligible for PAIMI services include individuals with mental illness or emotional impairments residing in the community or in facilities such as state and county psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, jails and prisons, and private treatment facilities.

Useful Links

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
http://www.state.nj.us/health/

New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmhs/

Mental Health Association of New Jersey
http://www.mhanj.org/

The Mentalhealth Internet Resource
http://www.findcounseling.com/

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
http://www.naminj.org

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
http://www.nmha.org

National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health (NTAC)
http://www.nasmhpd.org/ntac.cfm

National Women's Health Resource Center
http://www.healthywomen.org/

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration
http://www.samhsa.gov/

US Dept of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
http://www.samhsa.gov/vets/index.aspx

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