Performance Improvement 2009. Have We Successfully Protected and Advocated for the Mentally Ill?


This evaluation examined the context in which the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program operated, the processes established to implement the program at the state and federal levels, activities and tasks undertaken as part of the program, and the process and outcomes achieved. The PAIMI program seeks to extend the protections of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 1975 to individuals with significant mental illness by providing funds to support advocacy and protection activities.

Eighty-two percent of clients surveyed believe the advocate/attorney listened to their story and truly understood their circumstance. Ninety-two percent believe their advocate/attorney did everything they could do to obtain the outcome s/he wanted. Seventy percent felt the quality of their representation was “ excellent,” and twenty-four percent felt it was “ good.” Ninety-three percent of grantees met their target goals and objectives.

Report Title: National Evaluation of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Program; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: John Morrow, 240-276-1783
Performer: Human Services Research Institute
PIC ID: 8720

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