AC Seeks Mental Health Advocates for Council Membership

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana seeks three new members for its Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council. The Council helps set priorities for AC's PAIMI program, communicates with staff regarding issues affecting people with mental illness, and works with staff to improve the lives of people with mental illness statewide.

Over the past few years, members of the PAIMI Council have met with state officials and Healthy Louisiana company leadership regarding the integration of behavioral health services into Medicaid managed care, made suggestions to AC staff regarding issues affecting children with mental illness, and hosted social events for psychiatric hospital patients.

Applicants to the Council must commit to participating in 3 to 4 in-person meetings per year, attending additional meetings via telephone when necessary, and assisting with projects selected by the Council. In-person meetings are held in various locations throughout Louisiana. AC will assist with transportation and travel expenses for meetings and other Council duties.

At least 60% of PAIMI Council membership must be people with mental illness or family members of people with mental illness. All individuals with interest in mental health issues are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the PAIMI Council, and to apply for membership, visit or contact Stephanie Patrick at 1-800-960-7705 x143.

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2016.

Article published: October 10, 2016, 3:10 p.m.