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http://www.plea-agency.org/ Tax ID 23-7007910

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The PLEA Agency promotes the active and informed involvement of family members and the individual with behavioral or developmental problems in the planning of individualized, appropriate services and supports. The PLEA Agency believes that each person with behavioral or developmental problems is a unique individual. Each family and individual with behavioral or developmental problems should have t

he right to learn about and then select, the options that they feel are most appropriate for the individual with behavioral or developmental problems. To the maximum extent possible, we believe that the decisions should be made by both the parents and the individual with behavioral or developmental problems.

Services should enhance and strengthen natural family and community supports for the individual with behavioral or developmental problems and the family whenever possible. The service option designed for an individual with behavioral or developmental problems should result in improved quality of life. Abusive treatment of any kind is not an option.

We firmly believe that no single type of program or service will fill the needs of every individual with behavioral or developmental problems and that each person should have access to support services. Selection of a program, service or method of treatment should be on the basis of a full assessment of each person's abilities, needs and interests. We believe that services should be outcome based to insure that they meet the individualized needs of a person with behavioral or developmental problems.

With appropriate education, vocational training and community living options and support systems, individuals with behavioral or developmental problems can lead dignified, productive lives in their communities and strive to reach their fullest potential.

The PLEA Agency believes that all individuals with behavioral or developmental problems have the right to access appropriate services and supports based on their needs and desires.