Bringing help and hope together

PLEA’s roots are founded in the hope to make a difference for individuals and families dealing with autism, mental health issues and developmental difficulties by providing quality services and supports. For over fifty years, since the first program was instituted, the legacy of the founders to provide help continues to drive the current board and staff. The constant emphasis on developing and delivering strength-based, effective, resilient and recovery oriented programs is the hallmark of the footprint left on the community by PLEA.



Through your support of PLEA in two annual fundraising events, you can make a difference in the lives of those we serve!

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Join PLEA, a participating organization in the Pittsburgh Marathon, May 3, 2015!  Be part of a community that has raised over 6 million dollars to date for local and national non-profit organizations.  Whether you would like to run yourself, sponsor another runner, or just join the team as a general supporter, we want you!  For more information, please follow this link to the Pittsburgh Marathon website to sign up for PLEA’s Marathon Team!

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Registration has started for the 2015 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community!  Please consider supporting PLEA by joining us on May 16th to walk for PLEA.  There are many other ways to support PLEA for this event is you are unable to join us the day of the event.  You can register as a virtual walker to show support for PLEA or you may consider making a donation to PLEA to support our fundraising efforts through this event.  Please visit the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community website to get started: or click on the following link to be taken directly to the PLEA Team page:



Child And Family

PLEA provides intervention and support programs for children and families.

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PLEA provides one-to-one and group activities focusing on wellness and recovery for adults.

Learn About Adult Programs

Latest News

There's always something happening at PLEA that supports and enriches those we serve.

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Get an insider's view of PLEA programs in action in our photo gallery.

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