Program Description

The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program (PAIMI) is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). P&A systems use the grant funds to:

1) Investigate incidents of abuse and neglect on behalf of individuals with mental illness in a public or private facility rendering care or treatment

2) Pursue administrative, legal (individual and class action litigation), systemic and legislative activities, or other appropriate remedies to redress complaints of abuse, neglect, and civil rights violations

3) Ensure enforcement of the United States Constitution, Federal laws and regulations, and state statutes as related to this area

General Program Requirements

The program provides services to individuals with significant (serious) mental illness (adults) and significant (severe) emotional impairments (children/youth) at risk for, or in danger of abuse, neglect, and rights violations while residing in public or private residential treatment facilities.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

The grant is awarded to the governor designated state P&A systems. Grants are awarded to 56 states and territories of the United States and one American Indian Consortium.

Program Contact Information

For more information please visit the SAMHSA Civil Rights and Protections page.

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