Thank you for serving as a reference for an individual interested in the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Advisory Council (PAC). Under Federal Law, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) as Ohio’s Protection and Advocacy System, is required to have a PAC that advises DRO on priorities (annual goals & objectives) and issues important to people receiving mental health services in Ohio, and promotes recovery through increased access to client rights and advocacy services. Sixty percent of PAC members must receive, or have previously received mental health services or be a family member of a person who receives (or received) mental health Services. All PAC members are required to live in Ohio. PAC membership is an unpaid volunteer commitment.