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PLAN of Arizona was incorporated in May 1994, as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation by a group of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) parents who were concerned about the well-being of their children with disabilities. All NAMI Arizona families share the same concern of having a son, daughter, or other loved one disabled by mental health issues or other disabilities. These parents knew the public mental health system could not offer the same type of support that families provide. They all asked, “Who will care when I am not there?” For a long time, the only answer was that no one would be there. This critical concern resulted in the creation of the Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN) of Arizona.

For more than 20 years, PLAN of Arizona has committed itself to meeting the needs of individuals with special needs. All of the volunteer board members and paid staff are friends or family members of individuals with varying disabilities or have extensive experience working with this population. Every member is passionate about the services PLAN of Arizona provides.