PAIMI Advisory Council Application
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) is looking for volunteers to join the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council. This is an exciting opportunity to become, or continue to be, a leader within the mental health community!
The PAIMI Advisory Council advises DRM’s staff and governing authority on policies and priorities to be carried out in protecting and advocating for the rights of individuals with mental illness in Maryland. Specifically, the Council meets approximately 4-6 times per year to:
1. Adopt priorities for the PAIMI program;
2. Provide oversight and make recommendations to staff, board/board committees, regarding PAIMI services;
3. Make recommendations regarding PAIMI priorities and policies;
4. Review PAIMI expenditures and annual budget;
5. Review grievances from PAIMI eligible clients and potential clients.
In-person attendance in encouraged, but members may also join via conference line (telephone) if necessary. Members must attend one meeting in person per year.
By law, at least 60% of the PAIMI council must be comprised of individuals who are receiving or have received mental health services or are a family member of such a person.
People of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ individuals, attorneys, those living on the Eastern Shore or Western Maryland, and others who contribute to diversity are especially encouraged to apply.
For more information about the PAIMI Advisory Council, visit our website (
) or contact Luciene Parsley at LucieneP@DisabilityRightsMD.org or 410-727-6352 ext. 2494.
Applications are shared with the PAIMI Council staff and membership committee, but are not otherwise made public or shared without the applicant’s permission
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First and Last Name
How would you prefer we contact you?
Which best fits your experience with the mental health system? Please select ALL that apply and which category you most identify with:
Current or former recipient of mental health services
Parent or legal guardian of a minor child who is a recipient or former recipient of mental health services
Parent of adult child or other family member of person who is a recipient or former recipient of mental health services
Provider of mental health services
Mental health professional
Person knowledgeable about mental health (please briefly describe)
Region in Maryland where you live?
Upper Eastern Shore (Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot)
Lower Eastern Shore (Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset)
North Central (Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll, Frederick, Harford, Howard)
Southern (Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Calvert, St. Mary's)
Western (Washington, Allegany, Garrett)
What is your race/ethnicity?
American Indian/Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races
What is your age?
What accommodations or assistance would you require to be a full participant in the PAIMI Council?
Please tell us about any life experience you have with a disability or disabilities that would be helpful to your participation on the PAIMI Advisory Council:
Please describe any self-advocacy you have engaged in, and/or advocacy you have done on behalf of people with disabilities:
Please describe why advocacy on behalf of persons with a psychiatric disability is important to you:
Are you able to attend six PAIMI Council meetings on the first Tuesday of the month (September, November, January, March, May and a retreat), either virtually through video conference or in person?
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