Please consider submitting your name to DisAbility Rights Idaho (DRI) for a position on the DRI Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council.
DRI is Idaho’s Protection and Advocacy System, a non-profit organization that provideslegal and advocacy services to people with disabilities to help them protect their rights in a variety of issue areas. DRI is federally funded through nine (9) program grants authorized by various federal statutes, including the PAIMI Act.
The PAIMI program, administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), allows DRI to work on behalf of individuals with mental
illness who have experienced abuse, neglect or a denial of legal rights because of their disability.
The PAIMI Advisory Council advises DRI and its Board of Directors on policies, priorities, and activities under the PAIMI Act. The Council is comprised of up to fifteen (15) volunteer members that include current and former recipients of mental health services, mental health professionals, mental health service providers, attorneys and individuals from the public knowledgeable about mental illness. At least sixty percent (60%) of the Council members must be individuals who have received or are receiving mental health services, or family members of such individuals.
The Council participates by telephone for regular meetings held four (4) times each year on a quarterly basis during the months of January, April, June and September. Regular meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time. An annual meeting occurs in Boise once a year in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Board. Expenses associated with meeting participation, including travel, will be paid
for by DRI.
Please find the included PAIMI Advisory Council Nomination Form. If an alternative format is required or assistance is needed to complete the form, please contact DRI administrative staff at 1-800-632-5124 or (208) 336-5353. The Council will vote at its next regularly scheduled meeting on received nominations. Please complete as soon as possible and return to DRI to ensure your nomination is considered in a timely manner.
We hope you will consider this opportunity to serve the Idaho mental health community and assist others through representation on the DisAbility Rights Idaho PAIMI Advisory Council.
If you have any questions about the Council, its duties or services it provides, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (208) 336-5353, Extension 16.