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In 1984, Congress created the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program. The PAIMI program gave the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy agencies (P&As) the authority to investigate abuse and neglect in facilities that care for or treat individuals with mental illness. These advocates also provide legal advice for navigating our complicated mental health system, defense against discrimination in education, employment, and housing, and assist people with mental illness get the services they need to live healthy, independent lives in the community.

The National Disability Rights Network vigorously defends the PAIMI program and other mental health laws in Washington, DC on behalf of people with mental illness who rely on the P&A system to protect their rights and to keep them safe from abuse and neglect.


The Latest News on the Network's Mental Health Advocacy...

September 7, 2016

The Delaware P&A, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. of Delaware (CLASI), the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Delaware (ACLU) and the Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) are pleased to announce an agreement has been approved concerning the treatment of inmates with mental illness...read more.

...read more stories about our mental health advocacy.

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