Personal Needs Allowance

Department of Human Services
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Information Bulletin

Personal Needs Allowance
September, 2014


Public Act 98-0674 provides for the increase in the Personal Needs Allowance for individuals residing in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (ICFs/DD) licensed under the Intellectual Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities Community Care Act, as well as individuals residing in Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) settings. This Information Bulletin is issued to inform providers and other interested parties of this increase and the State's implementation activities.


When the proposed legislation was introduced, the Personal Needs Allowance for individuals residing in ICFs/DD was $30 per month. For individuals residing in CILA settings, the Allowance was $50 per month. These amounts had not been adjusted in many years. With the passage of this Act, the Personal Needs Allowance for both populations is increased to $60 per month effective for service dates on or after September 1, 2014.

Process and Procedure

Proposed rules, in accordance with Public Act 98-0674, were filed on August 20, 2014. They were published for public comment on September 5, 2014. The rule being amended is 89 Illinois Administrative Code 120.61. The amendatory language includes a retroactive effective date of September 1, 2014.

The offsets applied to ICF/DD and CILA rates are being modified consistent with the new Act. Caseworkers in the Family Community Resource Centers are being informed of the change with regard to the offsets for individuals residing in ICFs/DD. The CILA rate adjustments are underway by the Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Effective Date

The increase to $60 per month is effective for dates of service on or after September 1, 2014.