Dignity for those with Mental Illness

Raising the Personal Needs Allowance: A Matter of Worth and Dignity

People with mental illness and others living in Illinois nursing facilities currently receive a personal needs allowance (PNA) out of their own social security checks of only a dollar a day to buy things they need, such as hygiene products and clothing; the rest of the money goes to the nursing facility. Illinois has one of the lowest PNA’s in the nation and has not raised it since 1987. SB 1353 would raise the PNA to two dollars a day.

  • Click here to urge Gov Rauner to sign SB 1353 providing a more livable allowance for people living with mental illness.