Helping individuals with disabilities and older people live and work in the community, enjoying independent and productive lives.

We need your input!

Please take a few minutes to give us your opinions about the work we do on behalf of individuals with mental illness.

Report abuse/neglect!

The PAIMI Program represents children and adolescents in the Division of Youth Corrections.  Call 1-800-288-1376 to report abuse, neglect and rights violations.

PAIMI Program brochure

PAIMI Program brochure
Get an overview of the advocacy efforts of the PAIMI Program in this brochure. (542 KB)

 
PAIMI Program priorities

PAIMI Program priorities
Find out what issues the PAIMI Program is addressing this year. (73 KB)

 
Imposition of Legal Disability

The Protection and Advocacy for People with Mental Illness (PAIMI)

Like the Developmental Disabilities P&A System, the Protection and Advocacy System for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) must have the authority to pursue administrative, legal, and other remedies on behalf of individuals with mental illness in Colorado and also focuses on protecting individuals with mental illness from abuse and neglect. The P&A System for Individuals with Mental Illness must give priority to pursuing issues that arise while an individual is being admitted to a treatment facility, in a facility, or the issue arises within 90 days of the individual's discharge from the facility. Recently, the P&A has been authorized to address community issues occurring outside of treatment facilities. Also, like the DD P&A, Congress has granted the PAIMI program broad facility and records access to facilitate its investigation where it has probable cause to believe a person with mental illness has been abused or neglected. The Legal Center's PAIMI Program has focused primarily on protecting individuals who are living at the Mental Health Institutes at Pueblo or Ft. Logan, but has also pursued investigations and represented persons in other public or private hospitals and children in Residential Treatment Centers.

The PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) team of Val Corzine, Pat Doyle and Mark Ivandick were recognized at a Heroes In The Fight awards dinner on October 24, 2009...

Supporting inmates with mental illness

This article from the Mainstream newsletter outlines some of the work done on behalf of individuals with mental illness.

Supporting prisoners with mental illness article
Fall 2007 Mainstream Newsletter article (45 KB)

 
Additional resources for advocacy for individuals with mental illness.
State settles lawsuit over delays

 

STATE SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER DELAYS IN PROVIDING PRETRIAL DETAINEES  COURT-ORDERED COMPETENCY EVALUATIONS AND RESTORATIVE TREATMENT

 

 

Landmark Ten-Year Agreement Resolves Lengthy Delays that Lawsuit Alleged Violate U.S. Constitution

DENVER, April 9, 2012 — The Colorado Department of Human Services (the “Department”) and the non-profit Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People (the “Legal Center”) announced that they have settled the federal lawsuit brought by the Legal Center to address chronic delays in the system for providing court-ordered competency evaluations and restorative treatment to pretrial detainees. The lawsuit alleged that pretrial detainees in Colorado suffered unconstitutional delays, in some cases lasting as long as six months, in receiving evaluations and treatment that would enable them to participate in their criminal proceedings. read more

 

 

 

State settles lawsuit - press release
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The Legal Center sues State for excessive delays in providing court-ordered competency evaluations and restorative treatment to pretrial detainees

DENVER-- Presumptively innocent men and women with serious mental illnesses languish in Colorado jails for months awaiting court-ordered mental health evaluations and mental health treatment to so that they can participate in their criminal proceedings, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by the non-profit Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People. The lawsuit alleges that the excessive delays violate the United States Constitution. In some cases, pretrial detainees waited in jail for court-ordered mental health evaluations and treatment longer than they would have otherwise been confined for their alleged offense. The Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP) are named as defendants in the suit. 

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News release - Legal Center sues State over excessive delays in completing court-ordered competency evaluations.
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