Planned Lifetime Assistance of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ) offers vital family service options to all individuals with disabilities and to their families, supporting them so they can thrive. Our high-quality, individualized support model ensures that individuals with one or more disabilities have access to a continuum of quality services and resources. Our goal is to support each person’s optimal health and well-being over the course of a lifetime.
CORE SERVICE OPTIONS
Legal, Estate and Independent Living PLAN/NJ guides families through the design of a comprehensive future plan – a LifePLAN — for a relative with a disability or mental illness. We also consult with siblings and other caregivers to improve their capacity to advocate for their loved one.
Special Needs Trust Administration
PLAN/NJ can serve in a fiduciary role for clients, providing oversight and monitoring of client funds in order to help them apply for and maintain their Medicaid and other public benefits. We help develop budgets and spending plans, provide financial accounting and reporting to public benefits agencies, and provide referrals to attorneys or financial planners when needed.
PLAN/NJ staff can serve as Legal Guardian, responsible for surrogate decision-making while promoting choice and self-determination, dignity and respect. We provide all aspects of Case Management services, as described above, including a minimum of one monthly in-home visit. We ensure quality of life in all areas including health, housing, education, employment, recreation and community living.
Home Visit Monitoring
PLAN/NJ regularly and consistently visits clients at home, in person, to discuss and assess their needs and desires. We help with a number of related activities, including daily tasks such as travelling to doctor visits and shopping, and more in-depth support such as helping negotiate the disability and mental health service systems and with health care, housing, school and work support needs.
Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits
PLAN/NJ serves as Representative Payee for Social Security Benefits, and assists with eligibility/benefits issues, ensuring that personal needs and financial obligations are met and preventing homelessness.
For more information on all of PLAN/NJ’s services, read the 2019 Annual Report