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Target Areas of Work

The Disability Rights NC Board of Directors and its PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council establish our Targets each year. These Targets help us determine how staff members spend their time during the year. Visit Frequently Asked Questions about Targets to learn about why we create Targets and what they mean for our work.

Our Board of Directors has given preliminary approval to our Proposed Targets for 2018. Those Targets are available for public comment through August 4, 2017.

Proposed Targets for 2018

You can give us your input on our Targets and our work for the coming year by completing this survey: You can get more information about each of our Targets, including the rationales and target populations, by clicking on the following links:


2017 Targets

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Our 2017 Targets are as follows:

  • Keep students with disabilities in school.
  • Ensure appropriate transition planning for meaningful post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities.
  • Advocate for the employment of people with disabilities in competitive, integrated jobs.
  • Enforce the right of people with disabilities to have equal access to their community and fair housing.
  • Promote that individuals from birth to age 21 who have complex mental health needs and co-occurring intellectual and/or developmental disorders receive medically necessary, high-fidelity, community-based mental health services and supports in their homes, family setting, or the most home-like setting appropriate to their needs.
  • Advance the right of people with disabilities to community-based services and supports that allow them to remain in their homes and community settings.
  • Advance the right of people with disabilities to transition out of institutions and into the least restrictive community setting appropriate for their needs.
  • Investigate and report on the safety of people with mental illness in jails.
  • Ensure appropriate treatment for people with disabilities in state prisons.
  • Protect the right of people with disabilities to self-determination.
  • Keep people safe in facilities by investigating deaths and allegations of abuse and neglect.
  • Keep people safe in facilities through monitoring efforts.

We encourage any person with a disability who believes their rights are being violated to call us. Even if your issue does not fall within one of our current Target areas, we may be able to send you helpful self-advocacy resources or match you with a volunteer advocate or attorney. If you have additional questions, please email them to us at

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