PAIMI Advisory Council

What is the PAIMI Act?

In 1986, Congress took significant action to stop abuse, neglect, and other rights violations against people with mental health disabilities by passing the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act. The PAIMI Act expanded the mandate of Protection & Advocacy (P&A) organizations, like the DLC, to include advocacy for people with mental health disabilities. Initially, the Act only included services for people living in or recently discharged from institutions. However, Congress expanded the PAIMI Act in 2000 to include advocacy on behalf of people with mental health disabilities living in the community. The PAIMI Act authorizes the DLC to investigate abuse and neglect against people with mental health disabilities, and to advocate for their legal rights. This program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

What is the PAIMI Advisory 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 Advisory Council Members

Michele Aimone

Natasha Burningham

Thelma Davies

Mohammed Elamin

Bernie Hart

Vice Chair
Bernie is originally from Connecticut, but has made Utah home for the last 23 years. Bernie has been involved with the PAIMI Council for 2 years and is passionate about the fair treatment of individuals who have difficulty interacting with the […] Continue Reading


How To Participate

Anyone interested in serving on the PAIMI Council, please review the information available on the PAIMI Advisory Council Membership Application page.

If you have a comment you would like the PAIMI council to consider, please submit it through our survey.


PAIMI Advisory Council Calendar

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The PAIMI Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the DLC Office or via Zoom, excluding July and December. Anyone interested in attending a meeting, please contact the PAIMI coordinator, at (801) 363-1347, or email