About Us.

The PLEA Agency is Committed to Improving the Quality of Life.

PLEA Agency is a non-profit mental health and education provider. We adhere to both HIPAA and FERPA regulations.

At PLEA, we believe all individuals with behavioral or developmental problems have the right to receive access to appropriate services and support.

We provide specialized programs in education, vocational training, recreational programs, and community living options. Through PLEA, our clients can move into a journey of growth and personal fulfillment. 

We recognize that no single program will meet the needs of everyone, therefore we customize a specialized programs based on a full assessment of each person’s abilities, needs, and interests.

We understand that behavioral and developmental challenges affect entire families. Therefore, in addition to working with the individual, PLEA also works with the families to provide that needed support and care. The active and informed involvement of family members in all planning of individualized services and support is also strongly encouraged.

Plea Agency - Pittsburgh PA - About - Autism Development Care

Changing Lives Is Our passion

WHY
Choose PLEA?

When putting your trust in an agency to provide quality services, it is important to know what standards and philosophies guide that organization.

Plea Agency - Pittsburgh PA - School Autism Program
Plea Agency - Pittsburgh PA - About - Autism Development Care

Changing Lives Is Our passion

WHY
Choose PLEA?

When putting your trust in an agency to provide quality services, it is important to know what standards and philosophies guide that organization.

Openness, acceptance and caring is evident in each of PLEA’s programs, while meeting the families and individuals at whatever place they are on their journey. 

Underlying the treatment and support is the concept of developing flexibility or agility. There is an effort across all program areas to find ways to increase flexibility and enjoyment of life for all those we serve, whether it is in living life, being a learner or building skills in advocating for themselves or those around them. With this ultimate goal, it is the purpose of all PLEA staff to help find ways for each individual and family to develop the agility to move through their life.

Plea Agency - Pittsburgh PA - School Autism Program
Plea Agency - Pittsburgh PA - About - Autism Development Care

Changing Lives Is Our passion

WHY
Choose PLEA?

When putting your trust in an agency to provide quality services, it is important to know what standards and philosophies guide that organization.

Openness, acceptance, and caring is evident in each of PLEA’s programs, while meeting the families and individuals at whatever place they are on their journey. 

Underlying the treatment and support is the concept of developing flexibility or agility. There is an effort across all program areas to find ways to increase flexibility and enjoyment of life for all those we serve, whether it is in living life, being a learner or building skills in advocating for themselves or those around them. With this ultimate goal, it is the purpose of all PLEA staff to help find ways for each individual and family to develop the agility to move through their life.

To stay focused on value driven work for the staff and individuals, PLEA has put much efforts into the development of psychological flexibility.

Acceptance Commitment training

The core processes of Acceptance Commitment Training (ACT) helps develop something called psychological flexibility. This is the ability to be in the present moment, open up, and do what matters. The greater your ability to do that, the greater your quality of life – the greater your sense of vitality, well-being and fulfillment.

In each program, the team looks to develop ways to help the individuals and families move toward identified values, no matter what the obstacles. 

Staying Close

There are very specific threads that weave among all the programs. The very fiber of the agency is based on what we call: Staying Close (Latham principles). Through the School-Based Partial Hospital (SBPH), In-home Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Program (BHRS), and Extended School Year (ESY) – Staying Close means we are present and involved at all times. As well as being accessible to families to discuss progress, issues or to give support. It means collaborating with all those involved in the treatment of the child. 

Applied Behavioral Analysis

The principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) are the basis for both therapeutic intervention and teaching techniques in the SBPH and BHRS programs. Staff have benefitted from training at Princeton Child Development Center in New Jersey and the Morningside Academy in Seattle. Ongoing supervision and training is provided in ABA from within the agency expertise and outside consultants. The precision teaching model is specifically used to develop learning and skill acquisition for the children.

recovery/resiliency framework.

PLEA staff and board are keenly aware that intervention programs alone do not meet the needs for families and individuals. COMPEER, Lifefriends, PAL, Respite, and Summer Camp are all support programs that are crucial in enhancing the success of intervention programs. PLEA’s support programs are based on a recovery/resiliency framework. These programs give respite, friendship, opportunities, and caring relationships to build strength and confidence to move through life.

All of the PLEA Programs were developed with thoughtful planning to provide help and hope for individuals and families facing difficulties in their lives. Our logo of a heart symbolizing help and a butterfly symbolizing hope visually encompasses the passion of the people working at PLEA to work together to provide help and instill hope for a productive and fulfilled life.

Acceptance Commitment training

The core processes of Acceptance Commitment Training (ACT) helps develop something called psychological flexibility. This is the ability to be in the present moment, open up, and do what matters. The greater your ability to do that, the greater your quality of life – the greater your sense of vitality, well-being and fulfillment.

In each program, the team looks to develop ways to help the individuals and families move toward identified values, no matter what the obstacles. 

Staying Close

There are very specific threads that weave among all the programs. The very fiber of the agency is based on what we call: Staying Close (Latham principles). Through the School-Based Partial Hospital (SBPH), In-home Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Program (BHRS), and Summer Camp – Staying Close means we are present and involved at all times. As well as being accessible to families to discuss progress, issues or to give support. It means collaborating with all those involved in the treatment of the child. 

Applied Behavioral Analysis

The principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) are the basis for both therapeutic intervention and teaching techniques in the SBPH and BHRS programs. Staff have benefitted from training at Princeton Child Development Center in New Jersey and the Morningside Academy in Seattle. Ongoing supervision and training is provided in ABA from within the agency expertise and outside consultants. The precision teaching model is specifically used to develop learning and skill acquisition for the children.

recovery/resiliency framework.

PLEA staff and board are keenly aware that intervention programs alone do not meet the needs for families and individuals. COMPEER, Lifefriends, PAL, Respite, and Summer Camp are all support programs that are crucial in enhancing the success of intervention programs. PLEA’s support programs are based on a recovery/resiliency framework. These programs give respite, friendship, opportunities, and caring relationships to build strength and confidence to move through life.

At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.

~Fred Rogers