Apply today to become a member of the PAIMI Advisory Council!

DRM is looking for volunteers to join the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with mental illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council.  This is an exciting opportunity to become (or continue to be) a leader within the mental health community!

The PAIMI Advisory Council advises DRM staff on the work DRM does in protecting the rights of people with psychiatric illness. The Council meets 4-6 times per year to:

1. Adopt priorities for the PAIMI program;

2. Provide oversight and make recommendations to staff, board/board committees, regarding PAIMI services;

3. Make recommendations regarding PAIMI priorities and policies;

4. Review PAIMI expenditures and annual budget;

5. Review grievances from PAIMI eligible clients and potential clients.

By law, at least 60% of the PAIMI council must be comprised of individuals who are receiving or have received mental health services or are a family member of such a person.

People of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, those living on the Eastern Shore or Western Maryland, and others who contribute to diversity are especially encouraged to apply. In-person attendance in encouraged, but members may also join via conference line (telephone) if necessary.

More information and application documents can be found on this page or by calling (410) 727-6352 and ask to speak with a PAIMI program attorney. We are happy to assist you!

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.