Fiscal Year 2021 Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Appropriations Request and Justification

May 15, 2020
Fiscal Year 2021 Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Appropriations Request and Justification

Download the Word version of this appropriations request and justification here.

Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) primarily focus on individuals with significant mental illness or emotional impairment. P&As are authorized to:

  • investigate abuse and neglect and rights violations in all public and private facilities and community settings, including:
    • schools,
    • hospitals,
    • nursing facilities,
    • group homes
  • oversee the effectiveness of state agencies that license and regulate these programs

The PAIMI program focuses on ensuring that people with mental illness have access to education, housing, employment and other necessary supports and services in the community so they can remain in their communities and be economically self-sufficient.

In FY 2004, PAIMI was funded at $35 million, and after years of struggle, cuts and small increases, funding has only increased slightly to $36 million in FY 2019. When inflation is taken into consideration, this cannot be called an increase. PAIMI program funding is administered by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NDRN recommends a funding level of $40 million for Fiscal Year 2021

Graph showing Appropriations like and Adjusted for Inflation line

For more information, contact Eric Buehlmann at 202-408-9514 or [email protected].