WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PAIMI SERVICES?

PAIMI clients are  individuals that have significant “mental illness or emotional impairment” as determined by a mental health professional.

WHAT DOES PAIMI DO?

The PAIMI program provides services to individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness. These services include: advice/counsel; support in pursuing administrative remedies; technical assistance; investigation and monitoring; negotiation or mediation; direct legal representation; training; and ​information or referral. The PAIMI program places a priority on serving persons with serious mental illness who live in facilities that provide care and treatment, but also serves individuals with serious mental illness who live in the community.  There is no charge for our services.

 

The PAIMI program advocates to promote the rights of people with mental illness or emotional impairments with particular emphasis on individuals in facilities, such as state and county psychiatric facilities, nursing homes, jails and prisons, and private treatment facilities. There is no charge for our services.

PAIMI STAFF

Betsy Sterling, Esq.

Director

 

Nina Loewenstein, Esq.

Supervising Attorney

​​Elena Landriscina, Esq.

Staff Attorney

 

Amanda Pearlstein, Esq.

Staff Attorney

 

Kathryn Mayer, Esq.

Admitted in PA & NJ

 

Ben Thapa, Esq.

Staff Attorney

 

Christine Waters, Esq.

Staff Attorney

Alison Lynch, Esq.

Staff Attorney

 

Andrew Stecker, Esq.

Staff Attorney

 

Sara Mendicino, Esq.

Staff Attorney

 

Brandy Tomlinson, Esq.

Staff Attorney

 

Scott Wells, Esq.

Staff Attorney

PAIMI PRIORITIES

OCTOBER 1, 2015 to SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

Priority I

Advocate to protect people in facilities (as defined in the PAIMI statute and regulations) from abuse and neglect.

 

Priority II

Advocate to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint in facilities (as defined in the PAIMI statute and regulations), including monitoring the use of seclusion and restraint in facilities to ensure that any use is consistent with legal requirements.

 

Priority III

Advocate to ensure that people receive necessary supports and services in the most integrated setting appropriate.

 

Priority IV

Advocate to ensure that people are free from discrimination in housing, employment, education, access to public benefits and services, and access to public accommodations.

 

Priority V

Advocate to ensure that public school students receive appropriate supports and services in the least restrictive environment, including those necessary to remain in school, be free from bullying, and not be subject to seclusion and restraint.

 

Priority VI

Advocate to ensure that people have access to publicly funded mental health services, including ensuring access to all appropriate managed care and waiver services, consistent with best practices, and enforcing rights secured by mental health parity, confidentiality, and consent laws.

 

Priority VII

Advocate to ensure that people in prisons and jails receive appropriate mental health services in the least restrictive environment, including reducing and eliminating solitary confinement for individuals with mental illness and assuring that appropriate discharge planning is provided for individuals returning to the community.

 

Priority VIII

Advocate to address systemic failures to implement, consistent with best practices, culturally sensitive appropriate crisis intervention services and mental health and suicide prevention screenings, assure appropriate interactions in the community between persons with mental illness and law enforcement personnel, and increase training on mental illness and crisis intervention techniques for law enforcement personnel, including police officers and staff in prisons and jails.

 

Priority IX

Advocate to ensure that people make their own decisions and control their resources to the maximum extent possible.

 

Priority X

Conduct outreach, education, and training to assure that persons with mental illness, family members, advocacy organizations, and providers have an increased understanding of the legal rights of persons with mental illness and know about DRNY and the services it provides.

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS (PAIMI)

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