PAIMI Advisory Council

The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council works to protect the rights of children and adults with mental illness. The PAIMI Advisory Council helps the staff and board of directors of Disability Rights NC set priorities, create policies, and decide on actions that are in the best interest of people with mental illness.

Members of the PAIMI Advisory Council are people who have a mental illness, are receiving mental health services, or have a family member with mental illness. The Council must include at least one attorney, one mental health professional, and one knowledgeable member of the general public.

The PAIMI Advisory Council meets at least four times per year. Members also meet periodically to fulfill committee assignments. Council terms are for three years and members may be re-appointed for a second term. The Council bylaws require us to recruit members from each region of the state so that the Council can have a statewide voice. Travel, meals, and hotel expenses associated with meetings are reimbursed for Council members.

The Advisory Council is seeking new members who want to make and promote positive change in working to protect and advocate for the rights of North Carolina's citizens with mental health diagnoses. Download the application form here—(PDF) (DOC). If you cannot download the application here, call Mavis Jones at 877-235-4210 or email her at to request an application.


Join Us at One of Our Quarterly Meetings!

If you share our commitment to the rights of people with mental illness, we want to hear from you. You do not have to be a member of the PAIMI Advisory Council to attend our meetings. We welcome the attendance of other people who are willing to share their views and experiences regarding the rights of people with mental illness.

If you plan to attend one of our quarterly meetings please call ahead or send us an email so we know you are coming. Our email address is Our phone number is 877-235-4210. We hope you will consider attending a meeting to find out more about PAIMI and what we are doing.

PAIMI is a federally-funded program and, therefore, we cannot reimburse individuals who are not Council members for transportation, meals, hotels, etc.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.

PAIMI Advisory Council 2017

Carol Cannon, Chair (Greenville)
Kathrine Boeck, Vice Chair (Tarboro)
Gaile Osborne, Secretary (Swannanoa)
Robert Carey, Treasurer (Burnsville)
Victor Armstrong (Charlotte)
Sam Bowman Fuhrmann (Mt. Airy)
Joie Knudsen (Nashville)
Jeff McLoud (Kinston)
Jennifer Overfield (Wilmington)
Marcia Roth (Carrboro)
Bethany Smith (Greenville)
Louis Waple (Charlotte)

2016 PAIMI Advisory Council members
front row, L to R: Sheila Wall-Hill, Katherine Boeck, and Marcia Roth.
middle row, L to R: Bob Carey, Carol Cannon, Damie Jackson-Diop, and Pat McGinnis.
top row, L to R: Jennifer Overfield, Pam Jarrett, Kenya Howard, and Gaile Osborne.

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