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2023 Webinars

1/26/23 @ 7:00pm Webinar via ZOOM

Person-Centered Life Planning: Securing the Future for People with Disabilities 
Sponsored by IFSS Somerset County.  To register and receive link, contact Wendy DiNapoli at

2/16/23 @ 7:00pm Webinar via ZOOM

Person-Centered Life Planning: Securing the Future for People with Disabilities
Sponsored by DAWN Center for Independent Living.  To register and receive link, contact Julie Ferguson at

4/19/23 @ 6:00pm Webinar

Guardianship and Supported Decision Making 
Sponsored by The Arc of NJ. To register and receive link, contact Karen Smith at


“This was our chance to bring together the families, businesses, nonprofits, state and local leaders who make up the disability rights community,” said Ellen Ball Nalven, Executive Director. “We wanted to let more families know of our available services and thank the...

Educational Webinars for Families and Professionals

PLAN|NJ educates and serves individuals with disabilities, their families, and service providers through an educational program, The Need for Legal and Estate Planning for the Future Care of People with Developmental or Psychiatric Disabilities. Our seminars and educational exhibit sessions have been co-sponsored by The New Jersey State Bar Foundation since 2006.

Currently, we are offering families and professionals in-depth, individualized information remotely through live and recorded webinars, presented by local and state partner agencies.


For a calendar of upcoming webinars, along with the local or state partners presenting these virtual events, contact Melanie Miquel at or 908-575-8300 ext. 28

Topics covered include:

  • Legal, estate, and independent living planning for individuals with disabilities
  • Special Needs Trusts, Legal guardianship, and protections that are alternatives to guardianship, such as Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Proxies, Psychiatric Advanced Directives and Representative Payee for Social Security benefits 
  • Protecting legal and civil rights and promoting self-determination and supported decision making under guardianship
  • How to leverage public and private resources to identify and sustain safe, community-based homes
  • Disability-related legislation including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); Medicaid and Social Security legislation and regulations and Special Needs Trust provisions; Housing and Urban Development Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the ABLE Act, and others
  • How to obtain maximum resources to assist individuals to live, work, and go to school in the least restrictive settings, and to prepare for the future care of their loved ones in all areas of legal and financial planning
  • ABLE accounts and how they compare to Special Needs Trusts

our story

"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


We work hard to provide relevant and current information. If you feel something is missing or needs to be corrected, please contact us via our contact form HERE.

PLAN|NJ = Lifetime Advocacy for People with Disabilities



PLAN|NJ’s mission is to help family members of people with disabilities answer the question:

“Who will care for my loved one when I'm 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

Si usted habla español y quisiera mas información sobre nuestros servicios o si desea una consulta con PLAN\NJ, por favor comuníquese con
Nancy Dilliplane, Director of Trust Services, para asistencia bilingüe:  908-575-8300, extensión 15