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    About Us

    The PLAN/NJ mission is to answer the question, "who will care for my loved one when I am gone?"


    PLAN/NJ provides practical solutions to families and their loved ones with significant disabilities or mental illness, thus lessening the fear and anxiety families experience when planning for the future.


    WE BELIEVE that people with disabilities have a right to experience the quality of life, and to receive the services that they and their families desire for as long as necessary.


    WE DELIVER SERVICES by forming a circle of support comprised of families, social service providers, attorneys, financial advisors, and trust administrators. This enables us to deliver specific plans of action and ensure that necessary services are delivered.


    About the Presenter:


    Ellen Nalven, M Ed.

    As the executive director of Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of NJ (PLAN/NJ), Ellen Nalven, M Ed. educates families on the importance of future life planning to promote independent living and quality of life for individuals with disabilities. In this role she serves as legal Guardian and Trustee for Special Needs Trusts and oversees the delivery of case management, advocacy and family support services.  Previously, she served on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, as director of employment services for Our House, Inc., and as a program consultant for the New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities.  Ellen earned a master’s degree in education and a post master’s certificate in psychiatric rehabilitation.  She holds dual teaching degrees and is certified to teach individuals with disabilities and people who are deaf and hard of hearing.  Ellen has received national recognition for her work in employment for people with disabilities. In 2003 she received the Rebecca S. Mc Donald Award for courageous, tenacious, visionary leadership and the 2009 Co-Founder Award from NJAPSE: The NJ Association for Persons in Supported Employment.