Introducing the Board of Directors
A fifteen member Board of Directors guides Protection and Advocacy, Inc. in developing and fulfilling its mission and vision. Board of Directors roster
Board members are appointed based on a demonstrated interest and experience in issues affecting Californians with disabilities. In order to ensure appropriate oversight of PAI’s legal work at least 20% of the members of the Board are attorneys licensed to practice law in California. Bylaws of Protection & Advocacy Inc., as amended 12/2/06.
PAI’s Board meets four times per year in locations throughout the state. Board meeting calendar. All travel, room, and board expenses connected with the Board meeting are paid for by PAI. PAI also provides reasonable disability-related accommodations for Board members. Members are not paid an honorarium for their services. Application for position on PAI’s Board of Directors and advisory committees and Frequently asked questions about PAI’s Board of Directors.
Public Members on PAI Board Committees
PAI’s Board believes that it is important to hear from and work with members of California’s diverse disability community. To help ensure that these diverse communities can influence the Board’s work, the Legislation and Diversity standing Board committees include public members. Public members serve as full members of these committees. They receive all Committee materials and vote on matters that come before the Committee. Public members currently serve one-year terms and are eligible for reappointment.
PAI Board Advisory Committees
PAI also has three Advisory Committees which advise the Board on policies and priorities. The PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act) Advisory Council is required by federal law and provides advice regarding: services to persons with psychiatric disabilities; reviews PAIMI goals and priorities and assists in the annual PAIMI Program Performance Review process. The OCRA (Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy) Advisory Committee provides advice regarding services to consumers of the regional centers and is required by PAI’s contract with the Department of Developmental Disabilities. The TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Advisory Committee provides advice about services required by TBI survivors and helps develop priorities for one of PAI’s newest grants, the PATBI (Protection and Advocacy for Traumatic Brain Injury) program.
How to Get Involved as a Board member, Public member or Advisory Committee member
Being a PAI Board member means hard work and great rewards. Board members take great pride in the very real impact of PAI’s work in the lives of people with disabilities throughout California. If you are interested in joining the Board or an Advisory Committee: