PLAN of Southwest Ohio began when a group of concerned parents, siblings, and professionals convened in 1995 to discuss their hopes for an organization that would focus on the long-term care of family members with disabilities. This group formed the core of PLAN’s subsequent Boards of Trustees and Advisors. The organization was incorporated as a private non-profit corporation in 1997 and opened for business in 1999. Today, PLAN serves over 100 families and individuals with disabilities in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Montgomery, and Warren counties in Ohio dealing with a variety of disability conditions including severe mental illness, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, degenerative medical conditions, dual diagnoses, and substance abuse.
PLAN founders recognized that careful planning is vitally important for making good decisions for family members. In their experience, hurried planning due to crises such as the death of primary caregivers, or other unexpected events seemed their only avenue. PLAN board members focused on this issue as they developed PLAN’s mission, realizing that sound planning requires careful study, personal reflection, and discussion with professionals familiar with the pitfalls encountered in disability related systems. They developed PLAN’s initial service offering as a combination of personal and financial planning that helps families preserve resources and continue personalized services over a loved one’s lifetime.
At present, 26 fully operational and/or newly organizing PLAN organizations exist in 21 states across the country (Ohio has three PLAN organizations, more than any other state).