Do you have a disability? Do you care for someone with a disability?
Do you have a mental illness? Do you care for someone with a mental illness?
Are you having trouble getting the services you need?
Have you been discriminated against because of your disability?

Disability Rights NC may be able to help. We deal with cases involving discrimination or violations of the rights of people with disabilities. We provide advocacy and legal services at no charge to people with disabilities throughout North Carolina. Learn more about our organization.


Investigative Report on Suicides in NC Jails

The rate of suicides in North Carolina jails, as a percentage of all deaths in those jails, is much higher than the national average. An investigative report by Disability Rights NC concludes that regulations governing NC jails are woefully lacking when it comes to identifying, protecting, and helping inmates at risk of suicide.

Video Explaining Settlement with State

Disability Rights NC filed a complaint against the State for not meeting its obligations to children with complex needs -- that is, children who have been diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and a mental health issue. We reached a settlement with the State, and this video explains the services now available because of that settlement.

Lawsuit against NC DHHS to End Improper Institutionalization/Segregation of People with I/DD

Disability Rights NC and the national law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina and NC Department of Health and Human Services on May 24, 2017. The suit alleges that the State's fractured and inefficient system of care has forced thousands of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to remain in institutions or segregated from their families and communities. Read more.

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You are invited to attend our meetings.

Quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council are open to the public. If you plan to join us, please let us know by sending an email to or calling 877-235-4210. Members of the public are invited to make brief comments (no longer than 3 minutes) to the board at the beginning of the meeting right after the Welcome and Introductions. Disability Rights NC is a federally-funded program and cannot reimburse individuals who are not board or council members for transportation, meals, lodging, etc.

Upcoming Board Meetings:

  • September 15-16, 2017 - Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach
  • December 8, 2017 - TBD, Raleigh

Upcoming PAIMI Advisory Council Meetings:

  • September 14, 2017 - Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach
  • December 7, 2017 - TBD, Raleigh

(Quarterly meetings include a lunch break for board and PAIMI AC members. Lunch is not provided to members of the public due to budgetary constraints.)

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