The Plan Project

The Permanency Legal Assistance Needs Project (PLAN): 

Provide legal assistance to individuals and families affected by every type of cancer to cope with legal, financial and medical issues, including permanency planning. The Project includes a focus on clients with breast cancer.    


Permanency planning consists of assisting families to develop a legally enforceable long-term plan for the care of children, and to assure that the client’s own wishes regarding end of life decisions are carried out through the designation of health care proxies, advance directives, powers of attorney and wills.     

The Project also handles problems with Medicaid, Medicare and private health insurance, and depending on resources, may be able to assist with SSI and Social Security Disability matters, long term disability problems and issues involving public assistance. There are no financial eligibility guidelines, but cases are prioritized based on urgency and program resources.     

Most recently, a collaborative grant with the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has made it possible to launch a new medical legal partnership effort based at the Stony Brook Medical Group in East Setauket. Legal services are also provided to referred patients of Stony Brook’s Primary Care clinic in Patchogue and Good Samaritan’s Dialysis Unit. A Law Services attorney works together with the clinic staff to serve the clinic patients.  

"Law Services staff and friends support the annual Susan G. Konen Race for the Cure"


The PLAN Project is funded by a New York State Department of Health Grant and the Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®     

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure of Greater New York Cityâ highlights Law Services’ PLAN Project in its Grantee Profile