At PLAN of PA (Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Pennsylvania) we work each and every day to help our clients and reach out to the mental health community at large. We want to stay in touch with you and keep you up to date on PLAN of PA. Please complete the form below to...Read More
Through its 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.
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. PLAN of PA strongly suggests that an individual have a case manager to become a client as we frequently collaborate with case managers. As Representative Payee, PLAN of PA arranges for the client’s 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.
Special Needs or Supplementary Needs Trusts allow for the establishment of accounts to benefit individuals with lifelong disabilities without impacting their eligibility for government benefits, including SSI and Medicaid. Congress established statutory authority for Special Needs Trusts with the passage of The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. Funds held in trust are used to improve the beneficiary’s quality of life. Common uses of trust funds include transportation costs, counseling/therapy, medical expenses, clothing and computer and electronic equipment.