The PAIMI Program
Disability Rights Maryland’s (DRM) federally-funded Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program provides legal advocacy services benefiting 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.
The PAIMI Council advises DRM’s Staff and Board and provides recommendations on the goals and work DRM does in protecting the rights of people with psychiatric illness. 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.
PAIMI Advisory Council
Tanisia Smith, Chair
Christine Schoenberger, Vice Chair
Lydia X. Z. Brown
Ann Ruth Steinberg
Interested in Joining the PAIMI Council?
The PAIMI Council is always looking to increase its membership and affiliates. Read the PAIMI Council Description and learn how to become a member!
When you’re ready to apply, complete, and submit the application below, or download a paper copy of the PAIMI Council Application.
For more information, contact Brianna Kitchelt: BriannaK@DisabilityRightsMD.org or (443) 692-2501