Kathy Bates, Judith Bomster, Dellie Champagne (PAIMI Council Chair), Lisa DiMartino (Chair), Richard Guerrerio, Melissa Mandrell (Treasurer), Mark Nichols (Secretary), Anne Rice, John Tobin (Vice Chair)
Protection and Advocacy
We are New Hampshire’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency. We are authorized by federal statute “to pursue legal, administrative and other appropriate remedies” on behalf of individuals with disabilities. We are a statewide organization independent from state government or service providers.
We provide information, referral, advice, legal representation, and advocacy to individuals with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related problems including special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services and Medicaid. We also work on systemic issues via litigation, investigations, monitoring and other policy change efforts, which are all focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. Our authority includes access to facilities to conduct monitoring activities, including site visits and speaking with residents of the facility.
The PAIMI Advisory Council advises DRC-NH on policies and priorities relating to individuals with mental illness. Members help educate the public about the DRC-NH’s purpose, priorities, and activities. Council members have a commitment to improving mental health services, are self or family advocates, or are professionals or members of the public who have knowledge and interest in mental health issues.
Our staff is dedicated to eliminating barriers existing in New Hampshire to the full and equal enjoyment of civil and other legal rights by people with disabilities.
We work on systemic issues via litigation, investigations, monitoring and other policy change efforts, which are all focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities across New Hampshire. Our annual priorities document details how we allocate our limited resources to address the most critical issues facing people with disabilities across the state.
A variety of federal grants and other financial support enables us to provide legal advice or representation to hundreds of people with disabilities across the state in areas like special education, accessibility, employment discrimination, home and community-based services, and Medicaid.
For over 40 years, we have worked to eliminate the barriers faced by people with disabilities to live their best and most integrated lives possible. This timeline highlights some of the major laws, cases, and events that have shaped and continue to inspire our work.
We stepped in when a landlord refused to rent to Kathleen because she has a disability and might require accommodations in the future. Kathleen and her son were able to happily settle in to their new place.
Due to our advocacy, the school district stopped using the restraint chair in the classroom entirely. Sarah’s son is now much happier at school.