Your loved one just received a mental illness diagnosis. Now what?

We are a private, nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization dedicated to future care planning and quality of life for a disabled adult due to mental illness.


PLAN of Central Ohio is a non-profit organization in Central Ohio that develops, implements and monitors an individualized plan of care for disabled adults due to mental illness.


We offer an activities program where clients can form friendships, practice social skills and just have fun. We meet three times a month and transport clients to and from activities.


International Lunch North Market

International Lunch North Market

We try to do many different things during the year. This year a theme has been International foods. We are going to as many different international cuisines as we can. This lets our members expand their tastes for various foods and learn about different cultures.



We like to find things to do that include some type of physical activity. Bowling is one of our favorite activities and the Columbus Square Bowling Palace is always very welcoming of us. We also enjoy the Clippers, Ohio State basketball, and hockey to name a few.

Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo

We enjoy supporting Columbus area venues like the Zoo. There is always a lot going on at the zoo and we enjoy seeing all of the animals. We also enjoy the Arts Festival, the State Fair and Conservatory to name a few.

  • 1/2
    Anthony-Thomas Candy Tour
  • 1/17
    Scioto Downs for Lunch
  • 1/31
  • 2/1
    OSU Basketball Game
  • 2/7
    Museum of Art
  • 2/21
    International Food Lunch
  • 3/6
    COSI and Lunch
  • 3/20
    Art Work Activity
  • 4/3
    Lunch at Milestone 229
  • 4/17
    Miniature Golf
  • 5/1
    Tour Wexner Center for the Arts
  • 5/14
    Clippers Baseball Game
  • 6/12
    Columbus Arts Fair
  • 6/26
    Barrell and Boar and Paddle Boats
  • Events are subject to change due to weather, lack of participation and/ another event comes up that we can go to.


“NAMI Ohio receives many calls from parents worried about what will happen to their loved one when they are no longer able to take care of them. In addition to assisting parents with future care planning, PLAN of Central Ohio takes individuals on social outings so that they don’t feel so isolated. Parents are so relieved when they find PLAN as many of their worries are put to rest AND their adult children have an opportunity to make new friends.”

Terry Russell

Executive Director / National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio

“The goals of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Franklin County have been closely aligned with those of PLAN of Central Ohio for 20 years: to help families manage the care of a loved one with chronic mental illness. ”

Rachelle Martin / Executive Director / National Alliance on Mental Illness of Franklin County

“My twin brother is a client of PLAN of Central Ohio. He’s been a client for 9 years. My brother’s diagnosis is Paranoid Schizophrenia. Luckily, he is able to drive and live on his own but he needs help with financial stuff, remembering appointments, etc., and, like many with a mental illness, needs and wants social interaction with non-family members but has trouble filling those needs on his own. I don’t know of any other agency in central Ohio that provides what PLAN does. So far my sister and I have not needed the other services that PLAN provides such as picking up, delivering prescriptions, taking a client to appointments and in general checking up on them to make sure they’re doing ok, but it’s nice to know they’re available if we need them.”

Cecelia Jokerst / Sister and Guardian of PLAN Client

“As part of family support for our loved one with mental illness I spend time with them on a regular basis. A Saturday lunch out and then a walk or a short visit to a community event or venue has become a favorite time to spend together. I am able to assess out how they are doing and if there is something they need family help with on a regular basis, but more importantly to connect with them as a person and not as someone with an illness.”

Dianne Clay

We Need Your Help!


As a non profit 501 (3)c organization we welcome any monetary donation that you would like to make. You can send a check to the PLAN office or you can use the pay-pal account that has been set up for us. We would also welcome a donation of your time as a member of PLAN, as a board member, as a driver to some of the activities that we have or as a mentor to our members.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

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