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PAIMI Council

What is the PAIMI Council?

The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council advises the Disability Law Center (DLC) on the priorities and policies which guide its work to protect and advocate for the rights of Utahns with mental illness. The Council is composed of consumers of mental health services, family members, providers, attorneys, and other interested persons from the community. The Council Chair also serves as a liaison to the DLC’s Board of Trustees.

Current PAIMI Council

Kenneth Gourdin
Council Chair

Ben Picklesimer
Council Vice Chair

Alicia Scotter
Harold J. Fricke
Matthew Caleb Fagen
Michelle Aimone
Tricia Jones-Parkin
Whitney Geertsen
Yaschica Konopka

How To Participate

Anyone interested in serving on the PAIMI Council, please review the information available at disabilitylawcenter.org/paimi-recruitment/.

The PAIMI Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the DLC Office, excluding July and December. Under DLC’s current COVID-19 protocol, monthly PAIMI Council meetings are held virtually via Zoom. Anyone interested in attending a meeting, please contact Sherri Wittwer, PAIMI Program Liaison, at (801) 363-1347, or email PAIMI@disabilitylawcenter.org.


Resources for People with Mental Illness during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Phone Numbers

  • Utah Statewide Crisis Line in association with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
  • There is a Utah Warmline available at 801-587-1055 for Salt Lake County residents not in crisis, but seeking support, engagement, or encouragement.
  • Utah Coronavirus Information Hotline, 1-800-456-7707, a resource for all of your COVID-19 related questions. You can also find answers on their website, coronavirus.utah.gov
  • Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, A 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people seeking emotional help in the aftermath of a disaster, you can also text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • SafeUT, 833-372-3388, is a crisis chat and school safety tip app. Crisis counselors are available 24/7 for chats, tips, and calls. They provide supportive or crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and referral services.

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