PLAN of Georgia, established in 1992 is a non profit organization based in metro Atlanta that was created by families to help other families challenged by a common concern:
How can we best plan for the present and future care of a family member living with mental illness or developmental disabilities?
PLAN of Georgia works with families to provide the best quality of life possible for their loved ones in the present and throughout their lifetime.
We assist individuals 18 years of age and older with severe and persistent mental illness; those with intellectual disabilities; and the at-risk elderly (i.e., people over 65 who are experiencing compromised functioning, impairments in thinking and memory and organization difficulties.) We provide continuity of care through care management, which includes coordination and connection to vital resources, ongoing monitoring and advocacy. We hep provide medical, financial and social stability. PLAN works with the existing service providers to provide excellent care for your loved one. We help you take back the role of family member versus caregiver.
Tara Wojtkunski, MS, LPC, NCC has worked for more than fifteen years in diverse behavioral health and rehabilitation settings. Most recently, she was at the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency supporting individuals with blindness and low vision striving to become independent and return to employment. Prior, she worked at Northside Hospital’s day program, Vistas. Her roles included work unit supervisor, dual diagnosis counselor, dialectical behavioral therapy facilitator as well as providing supportive counseling and vocational rehabilitation counseling. She most enjoys assisting individuals with severe persistent mental illness or developmental disabilities in achieving their highest level of independence and quality of life. In her free time, Tara enjoys travel, baking, gardening and spending time with her husband and rescue dogs.
Larry Goodman is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has been providing services to adults with psychiatric and developmental disabilities in the Atlanta area for 35 years. He was PLAN of Georgia’s Executive Director from 2011 until 2016. Since then, he has moved into a Care Manager role in order to focus on the delivery of direct services to PLAN’s clients. Prior to coming to PLAN, Larry served for over 25 years as the director of Northside Hospital’s program for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. His favorite hobby is anything and everything related to Chicago pro sports.
Susie has served as president of the board of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northside Atlanta, where she teaches the Family-to-Family workshop. She is also on the board of NAMI Georgia. Because PLAN of Georgia has been an indispensable component to her son’s path to recovery, Susie is committed to securing its future and expanding its reach, so that more families can get the help they need.
After a thirty-year career at IBM, Bill is currently an independent consultant in project and marketing management. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and served as a naval officer. A tireless advocate for mental health initiatives, he has served for six years on the board of NAMI Northside, as well as on the board of NAMI Georgia. He has also served as National Committee Chair of the U.S.Tennis Association.
Jane had two careers in forty years, working in both the broadcasting and the non profit world. She is a member of NAMI Northside and is an advocate and active volunteer for mental health causes.
Anjel boasts impressive academic credentials and has developed a wealth of knowledge in the area of disability law. She received her B.A. from North Carolina State University, an M.A. from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Burgess & Christensen, Attorney Burgess practiced civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense. Known for her excellence in representation, since 2011 Attorney Burgess has exclusively practiced Social Security Disability Law for adults and children as well as the ancillary areas of Guardianships and Veterans Disability claims. She brings her compassion, quest for justice, enthusiasm and desire to help others to PLAN of Georgia to make a positive difference in the daily lives of people who need help the most.
Art is the Senior Advisor for Food Safety, Division of Foodborne Waterborne & Environmental Diseases at the Center for Disease Control. He is the former Director of the CDC Food Safety Office. He has been a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and the Chief of the Communicable Disease Division, Hawaii Department of Health. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. He is also a CDC Liaison to the ILSI North America Board of Trustees, the Center for Produce Safety Board of Directors and the Food Safety Summit Education Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and board-certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has a BA from Oberlin College, an MPH in International Health and Epidemiology from the University of Hawaii; and MD from the University of Maryland.
Neitcha is passionate about empowering and supporting families and individuals impacted by mental illness through their journey of recovery, ending stigma and identifying community mental health resources. She is currently a case manager in the Young Adult Psych Program at Ridgeview Institute. Neitcha received her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Texas and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Georgia.
Sarah is a Certified Elder Law Attorney with Hill & Watchko, LLC in Alpharetta, Georgia. An Atlanta native, Sarah earned her law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2008. Sarah’s practice areas include traditional estate planning; long-term care planning, including Medicaid benefits for nursing home care and Department of Veterans Affairs pension benefits; special needs trust planning; and trust and estate administration. She is one of only eleven Certified Elder Law Attorneys (“CELAs”) in the state of Georgia. Sarah’s primary areas of focus is helping seniors and their families navigate the complex maze of long-term care and incapacity planning and planning for individuals with special needs.
Carol, a graduate of Stephens College and the University of Georgia, is a retired third grade school teacher. She has been an advocate and volunteer with NAMI Georgia and NAMI Northside for twenty-six years including helping to source guest speakers, plan their annual fundraiser and teach the “Family to Family” classes. Their son was diagnosed with mental illness at age seventeen and they have been working with Larry Goodman or PLAN ever since. Carol says: "I can't imagine getting through the last five years without Larry's and the Plan of Georgia's help. Plan of Georgia is a much needed service to us and so many."
for helping adults dealing with mental health issues? PLAN of Georgia is looking for additional people to serve as volunteers or potential board members.