PAIMI Advisory Council

DRM’s federally funded Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program provides legal advocacy services benefitting Marylanders with psychiatric disabilities.The PAIMI program was created in 1986 after investigations revealed horrific conditions in mental health facilities throughout the nation. Our vital role under PAIMI is to be an advocate for children and adults who have a mental health diagnosis, among the most marginalized and stigmatized of our citizens.

Through the PAIMI program, DRM provides a range of critical legal services to advocate for the rights of people with mental illness, from information and referral to individual and class representation. DRM monitors psychiatric facilities to keep people free from harm, investigates reports of abuse and neglect, and advocates for systemic reforms.

DRM’s mandated PAIMI Advisory Council is comprised of community members who assist us in developing our PAIMI program priorities and providing oversight.


Nevett Steele, Jr., Esq., Chair

Brian Anderson, Vice Chair

Jim Bonnett

Carolyn Cullison
Cheryl Gottlieb
Thomas Hicks
Susan Kadis
Paula Lafferty
Linda Morrell
Jessica Salmond
Tanisia Smith
Caroline Warfield

Interested in joining the PAIMI Council? Learn more about the Council and how to become a member! When you’re ready to apply complete and submit the PAIMI Council Application.