In 1986, Congress took aim at abuse, neglect, and other rights violations against people with mental health disabilities. As a result of this focus, congress passed the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Act. Years later, in 2000, Congress expanded the PAIMI Act’s focus from facilities only. Due to these changes, the PAIMI Act also includes the community. The PAIMI Act allows DRNC to investigate abuse and neglect against people with mental health disabilities and to advocate for their legal rights.