In a Wednesday, February 18, 2009 email sent out by the Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHA PA) they are asking folks to send their appreciation for making the PNA raise a reality. The information below indicates that it did NOT cost the state anything extra to impliment this raise, so it is a win win kind of thing.
Pennsylvania residents of personal care homes living on SSI receive a personal needs allowance (PNA). Despite an increase in living expenses, this amount has not changed since 1993. Until now.
When the federal government recently raised the SSI benefit for each individual by $37, Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare issued a policy statement allowing individuals living in personal care homes to keep $25 of that money bringing the total amount of the personal needs allowance to $85.
DPW’s decision does not cost the state more than it currently spends; and personal care homes do not lose any money.
This decision by Estelle Richman, DPW Secretary, was influenced by several lawmakers, notably Representatives Jim Marshall and Phyllis Mundy.