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Trustee for Special Needs Trust in Pennsylvania

“Thank you for all that you do to keep families cared for within this trust community. We‚Äôve been very pleased with the service ACT provides! Our family appreciates you!” ūüėä

Suzanne Heckathorne, Parent

Enhancing Lives – Protecting Futures – Providing Peace of Mind

Thank you for your interest in The Arc Community Trust of Pennsylvania (ACT). ACT is a non-profit corporation incorporated in Pennsylvania for the purpose of administering a pooled special needs trust for the benefit of individuals with disabilities. We also act as Trustee for other special needs trusts, including; First Party and Third Party Special Needs Trusts as well as educational special needs trusts.

Used properly, special needs trusts can improve the quality of life for many people with disabilities. To help you discover which trust may fit your needs please review our site and specifically the Trust Overview. Ultimately, ACT is here to support you and your family.

Because each person’s situation is different, we urge everyone who is contemplating a special needs trust to consult with an attorney with specialized knowledge of trust law and of the laws related to benefits for those with disabilities.

For further information please call us at 610-265-4788 or fax us at 610-265-4688.

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Our day-to-day special needs trust services include, but are not limited to:

If you have questions, need  guidance or would like to speak to an ACT staff member about a specific issue, please send us an email through our contact form. ACT also is able to provide organizations and groups speakers on a variety of Trust and Trust related topics. Simply contact us and we are happy to make the appropriate arrangements. We look forward to hearing from you!

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  • Supervising all aspects of the trust and at all times acting in the beneficiary‚Äôs best interests;

  • Offering a line of defense against undue influence from existing friends or family, outside caregivers, and new friends who may suddenly appear once a trust is funded;

  • Abiding by the terms of the trust and reviewing each distribution against a standard of ‚Äúreasonableness‚ÄĚ;

  • Taking custody of cash, maintaining transactional records for receipts and disbursements, preparing tax letters and tax returns for the trust, issuing account statements and providing accountings as required by the court as well as other outside authorities;

  • Monitoring and reviewing the performance of the investment manager and making changes that are in the best interests of the beneficiary;

  • Coordinating the payment of bills and expenses, and taking charge to follow through on implementing many of the services outlined in a care plan for the beneficiary;

  • Maintaining relationships with other service providers in an effort to contain costs, including public benefit agencies and medical cost containment companies;

  • Determining if it is necessary to purchase a vehicle or house and identifying the specific needs as well as coordinating the purchase;

  • Coordinating payroll for caregivers recommended by a case manager, if such services are not provided by a private agency or Medicaid; and

  • Supporting the implementation of recommendations made by a case manager to enable the beneficiary to receive the highest quality of care.


In 2001 ACT was incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in Pennsylvania for the purpose of administering a pooled special needs trust for the benefit of individuals with disabilities.  Over the years ACT also became Trustee for other special needs trusts, including Third Party Special Needs Trusts, which are funded with the assets of someone other than the Trust Beneficiary; Non-Pooled Special Needs Trusts, which are funded with assets belonging to the Trust beneficiary; and, educational special needs trusts.

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