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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

New Jersey Division of Mental Health Services

Mental Health Association of New Jersey

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

National Women's Health Resource Center

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Traumatic Brain Injury Resources

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