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Ellen Nalven, M ED.,

Executive Director

“PLAN|NJ is still the only state-wide non-profit organization to offer a full range of life planning and lifetime support services for those with disabilities. I educate families about the importance of life planning to promote independent living and quality of life for individuals with disabilities, and oversee the delivery of case management, advocacy and life planning services for more than 700 people.”


  • Master of Education and post master’s Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Rutgers University
  • Dual teaching degrees and certification to teach individuals with disabilities and people who are deaf and hard of hearing
  • Former Faculty of the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Former Director of Employment Services, Our House, Inc.
  • Former Program Consultant, New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities
  • 2012 National Rebecca McDonald Leadership Award, The Association for People Supporting Employment First (APSE), 2009 Co-Founder Award, New Jersey APSE
  • Member, Board of Directors, National PLAN Alliance
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"A Talk With Families"

The stories of three families with loved ones who have disabilities and who use PLAN|NJ's trust administration and care coordination services are told through interviews conducted in their homes by Executive Director Ellen Nalven.


Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey PLAN|NJ
PO Box 547
Somerville, NJ 08876-0547
908-575-8300 (Phone)
908-927-9010 (Fax)


Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities
Association of People Supporting Employment First
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Guardianship Association
National PLAN Alliance


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PLAN | NJ - Lifetime Advocacy for People with Differing Abilities



PLAN|NJ’s mission is to help families of individuals with disabilities answer all of the challenging questions embedded within the larger one:

“Who will care for my loved one when I am gone?”

We coordinate the supports needed by individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities, and challenges with mental health, including people with autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, severe mental illness and more.

Spanish Translation

If you speak Spanish and would like more information or need to schedule a consultation, please contact:

Nancy Dilliplane, Director of Trust Services
Bilingual assistance: 908-575-8300 ext 15