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State Agency Records - Protection and Advocacy - #31853

Title: Protection and Advocacy. Files

Dates: 1977-1993

Record Series: 31853

Quantity: 4 feet

Abstract: Contains meeting agendas, minutes, and correspondence to and from the Executive Committee members, all general incoming and outgoing correspondence, and annual summary of case status reports; client served; education, training and public information activities; annual report for Mentally Ill, Developmental Disabilities, and PAIR; case problem areas; intervention strategies; demographic data; and self advocacy, volunteer advocacy.

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Agency History

In 1975 Congress passed legislation establishing a protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities in each state and territory. In North Dakota, the organization designated by the Governor to serve as the protection and advocacy system is the Protection & Advocacy Project (P&A). P&A is an independent state agency established in 1977 to advance the human and legal rights of people with disabilities. P&A strives to create an inclusive society that values each individual.

People served include infants, children and adults of all ages. The majority of funds for program operations are from federal grants. Additional support is provided by the State of North Dakota. There is no cost for services, however, P&A does implement general eligibility requirements, including that the individual must reside within the State of North Dakota. P&A has eight different advocacy programs that serve individuals with disabilities: Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Program, Mental Health Advocacy Program, Protection & Advocacy Project for Individual Rights, Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security, Assistive Technology Advocacy Program, Help America to Vote Program (HAVA), Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, and Client Assistance Program.

P&A's staff comes from a wide variety of backgrounds. They are all trained to be knowledgeable about service delivery systems and the legal rights of people with disabilities.

P&A has a governing board called the Committee on Protection & Advocacy consisting of seven members whose terms are specified in State statute. Appointments are made by the Governor (2  members), Legislative Council (2 members), The Arc of North Dakota, Mental Health America of North Dakota, and a non-profit advocacy group for people with disabilities selected by the Committee. Currently this seat is filled by an appointee of Family Voices of ND.

The PAIMI Advisory Council is made up of six to ten individuals knowledgeable about mental illness who have an interest in issues related to the quality of services and the rights of people with mental illness. The PAIMI Advisory Council provides input and advises P&A on activities and priorities pertinent to the PAIMI program.

Box / Folder Inventory 

Box 1:
1 Regions, Education, Training and Public Information 1989
2 Correspondence, Incoming      1985
3 Correspondence, Incoming      1980-1984
4 Correspondence, Outgoing      1981-1984
5 Correspondence, Letters of Request   1981-1984
6 Correspondence, Incoming 1986
7 Correspondence, Outgoing      1986
8 Correspondence, Outgoing      1985-1986
9 Correspondence, Outgoing      1986
10 Correspondence, Outgoing   1986
11 Correspondence, Incoming   1977-1979
12 Correspondence 1984-1985
13 Correspondence, Outgoing   1979
14 Correspondence, Incoming   1980
15 Correspondence, Letters of Request 1977-1980
16 Correspondence, Outgoing   1980
17 Correspondence, Letters for Systemic Changes 1979-1980

Box 2:
1 Correspondence, Outgoing      1987
2 Correspondence, Outgoing      1987
3 Correspondence, Incoming      1987
4 Facility Monitoring       1985-1986
5 Executive Committee Developmental Disabilities 1989
6 Executive Committee Developmental Disabilities 1990
7 Correspondence           1990
8 Correspondence           1991
9 Correspondence, Incoming      1992
10 Correspondence, Outgoing   1992
11 Executive Committee Information Developmental Disabilities 1991
12 Executive Committee Information Minutes Developmental Disabilities 1981-1987
13 Correspondence, Outgoing   1991
14 Correspondence        1977-1979
15 P&A Committee Correspondence & Minutes Developmental Disabilities 1992-1993
16 PAIMI Advisory Council Correspondence & Minutes Developmental Disabilities 1992-1993
17 Correspondence, General Outgoing and Incoming 1991-1993

Box 3:
1 Protection & Advocacy Board, Program 1977-1979
2 Executive Committee 1986
3 Executive Committee 1987
4 Executive Committee 1988
5 Correspondence, Outgoing      1988-1989
6 Correspondence, Incoming      1989
7 Correspondence, Incoming      1988
8 Correspondence, Outgoing January to June     1988
9 Correspondence, Outgoing July to December 1988
10 Reports to Court Monitor       1985

Box 3A:
1 Developmental Disabilities Program- Newspaper Articles 1983-1990
2 Annual Program Performance Reports 1985-1987
3 Annual Program Performance Reports 1992
4 Annual Program Performance Reports 1993

Box 4:
1 Annual Reports to Feds, Developmental Disabilities     1985
2 Annual Reports to Feds, Developmental Disabilities & Mentally Ill 1986
3 Annual Reports to Feds, Developmental Disabilities & Mentally Ill 1987
4 Annual Reports to Feds, Developmental Disabilities & Mentally Ill 1988
5 Annual Reports to Feds, Developmental Disabilities & Mentally Ill 1989
6 Annual Reports to Feds, Developmental Disabilities & Mentally Ill 1990
7 Annual Reports to Feds, Developmental Disabilities & Mentally Ill 1991

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