PAIMI Advisory Council

DRW PAIMI Advisory Council

About the 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 Wisconsin set priorities and create policies on issues that affect people with mental illness.

PAIMI Advisory Council members meeting in DRW Milwaukee conference roomMembers of PAIMI Advisory Council reflect the diverse constituency served by Disability Rights Wisconsin. The Council is committed to maintaining a strong consumer voice, and requires that at least 50% of its members be people with the lived experience of mental illness, who are receiving or have received mental health services. The Council must include the parent of a minor child or youth who has received or is receiving mental health services.  In addition, the Council must include an attorney; a mental health professional; a provider of mental health services; and a member of the general public who is knowledgeable about mental illness; advocacy needs of persons with mental illness; and has demonstrated a substantial commitment to improving mental health services.

The Council is mandated by the Federal PAIMI Act, which created a national protection and advocacy system for individuals with mental illness that advocates for the rights of such individuals and helps ensure the enforcement of their civil rights.

DRW PAIMI Advisory Council Members

The Council is chaired by Teresa Wargo of Pulaski, Wisconsin.  Council members are listed in this document (accessible pdf).

PAIMI Advisory Council Application

To learn more about serving on the Council or to apply, see our application (accessible pdf).


The PAIMI Advisory Council meets at least three times per year in conjunction with Disability Rights Wisconsin Board meetings. Members may also meet periodically to fulfill committee assignments. Council terms are for two years and members may be re-appointed for a second term. Travel, meals, and hotel expenses associated with meetings are reimbursed for Council members.

Take Our Survey

The PAIMI Advisory Council would like to hear from your about your priorities for the PAIMI program.  Take our survey and share your perspective.

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 PAIMI Council coordinator is Barbara Beckert. Her email address is: Her phone number is 414-773-4646. We hope you will consider attending a meeting to find out more about the PAIMI Council 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.