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PLANNED LIFETIME ASSISTANCE NETWORK OF PENNSYLVANIA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Provides case management and financial services to adults with mental disabilities, including brain injury, mental illness, autism or intellectual disability, and their families in the five county philadelphia area.

Programs: Care management services - plan of pa seeks to improve the lives of individuals living with a mental health disabilty by working with each person to develop a support network unique to his or her needs encouraging independence, stability, and security while enhancing quality of life. As part of the personal care plan development process, plan of pa is able to evaluate current benefits and apply for others that may be available, such as social security, food stamps and medicaid. We assist clients in finding housing, managing their finances, and coordinating transportation and recreation opportunities, as well as monitoring personal needs.

special needs trust administration - the plan of pa special needs trust for the mentally disabled allows the establishment of an account for the benefit of a person with a disability. This trust account can pay for supplemental needs while at the same time protecting government benefits such as ssi (supplemental security income) and medicaid.

representative payee - plan of pa serves as an organizational representative payee for mentally disabled adults (18+ years of age) receiving ssi & ssd benefits from the social security administration. As representative payee, plan of pa arranges for the clients social security check to be deposited directly into an individual, interest-bearing checking account, assures prompt payment of bills for basic food, shelter and medical needs and then helps develop a realistic, individualized budget for any remaining funds.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have not come across a group of individuals more dedicated and determined to help those with mental health diagnoses or intellectual disabilities lead fulfilling lives than Plan of PA. The staff and directors have gone above and beyond to make their clients feel supported during this unique time.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This review was provide by Kathe, a person we support at PLAN of PA. Due to her feelings about using technology, she asked us to post this review on her behalf.

I welcome the opportunity to express my feelings concerning PLAN of PA. I have many experiences and activities to reflect on. I can ask for support anytime, trips to the doctor appointments, scheduling and transportation has been provided with a lot of support on the phone and car phone. Coloring and cards are my hobby and I appreciate it all of the support from the members of PLAN.
My care manager attended the music concert which is attended by special audiences. A lot of time is given to me by my care manager. I was lucky to design the holiday cards for PLAN of PA. I had great support in finding and the purchase of the dog. PLAN help me purchase food, toys and a dog walker. I have been taken to the hospital with extra support. The support has been physical and therapeutic. PLAN has excellent aids and great help as a special organization.

Review from Guidestar

1 Rachel S.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

PLAN of PA has been a cornerstone of the greater Philadelphia area for many years in providing assistance to families with those with special needs.  PLAN of PA's team provides one-on-one services with social workers so that the needs of the clients can be attended to in a timely and caring fashion. They provide individualized case management and/or trust administration to each of their clients which takes the stress of the families.  My experience while working with PLAN of PA showed me the value their services provide to the community. Furthermore, I was able to experience first hand how appreciative the families were that such an organization existed. Love ones reliably felt confident their family was being cared for. 

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Advisor

Rating: 5

About 17 years ago, after my daughter was diagnosed with a mental illness, I made an exhaustive search in the Philadelphia area for an organization that could provide her with individual help, understanding, support and guidance to the entire family. Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Pennsylvania (PLAN of PA) was the only professional organization that was comprehensive enough to meet all our needs. They provided help as she grew into adulthood (working to find her a job, supporting her is ways the her parents could not, etc). In fact, I was so impresed with their services that I volunteered to help their board and Executive Director(s) and staff. I continue to do s today. It is truely amazing that this small organiztion, founded 25+ years ago has blossomed into the power house we see today.

Review from Guidestar

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am in awe of the care and wisdom I've seen PLAN of PA bring to their work in service of our mutual clients. They are tireless in their efforts and their compassion -- I'm so grateful to the whole team there and will continue to both refer clients and to use their services for my own family and community.

Thank you all for everything you do!

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our parents are now gone and our sister’s care falls to us, her siblings. Our parents ensured her well-being and her complex care by engaging the services of PLAN.

We have been involved with PLAN of PA for many years. Our sister had been in a group home before her physical health declined to a point that she had to be moved to a nursing home. PLAN helped us with that transition for we did not know where to look or how to evaluate.

We can only say positive things about the staff who have worked one-on-one with our sister. They have been extremely professional. They have been very knowledgeable in navigating the system which can be complicated. But, most important is how they engage with our sister and help to improve her life by suggesting activities, through their careful observation of her physical and mental health, by their respectful conversations with her and a genuine interest in who she is and how she feels.
For her part, she feels safe knowing that she has their support in all circumstances.

PLAN maintains regular communication with the family and is a team of dedicated, hard-working professionals. No problem is too difficult. They find solutions.

We are very fortunate to have PLAN of PA which gave our parents peace of mind and which gives us peace of mind. Having a sister with a mental illness is not easy but PLAN lifts a lot of the burden from our shoulders.

Review from Guidestar

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

While serving as a Board member of PLAN of PA I had the opportunity to host a number of receptions with PLAN's clients and their families. I was always deeply impressed with the feedback received regarding the relationships established, the partnerships built, and the overall level of service and empathy that the PLAN staff provided to these folks. Navigating the rough waters of health, social, psychological and financial issues for those individuals (and family members) in need can be overwhelming, and there is a true appreciation for PLAN's advocacy and stewardship in these areas.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 1

Plan of PA is a predatory HACK organization in *violation of its 501c3 status,* dedicated to profiting from pilfering vulnerable and disadvantaged victims. They steal clients’ funds; they refuse to disburse funds upon request, without explanation; they threaten to have clients thrown into state homes; they intimidate clients; they lie; they refuse to provide monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or even annual statements; when clients wish to remove their funds Plan of PA says “good luck, get a lawyer and fight us for your money and you’ll have nothing left by the time we get through with you.”
Do NOT trust these frauds. The “care managers” are not CPA’s, not accountants, not lawyers... They’re bachelors degrees in social work and other non-finance fields -- some have ZERO credentials. These people are wolves in sheep’s clothing who care nothing for their “clients”; they endeavor to keep all funds for themselves and they leave clients high and dry with no way of supporting themselves.

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Donor

Rating: 5

PLAN of Pennsylvania is one of those special gems of a non profit organization . The sole mission is to enhance the quality of life for those living with a mental illness or a life long disability . Families do not have to take this immense undertaking in raising their child with a disability on their own any longer . Call Plan of Pennsylvania today .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working for Plan of PA for two years as a once a week volunteer. I mostly do the filing of the bills that are paid for their clients. I work with a very conscientious staff that are dedicated to their job. They work as a team under the guidance of an Executive Director. They are all very caring individuals. These employees really care about the people that they help everyday.

Review from Guidestar