Most states have strict guidelines on this. Room and board charges are set by the state so that they do not exceed the SSI amount. There is always a portion left over for the individual called "Personal Allowance" or something similar depending on the state. There are also strict guidelines on how Personal Allowance can be spent. The facility is to provide certain basics for the individual such as shelter, food, and basic clothing. Personal allowance can't go towards clothing that should be provided by the agency, but it can go towards specialty clothing if that is what the individual wants (Such as if a person wants a name brand clothing item) and the same goes for food. Basic food is to be provided, but if the person wants to buy, say a Big Mac, they can use PA money for that.
at 9:20 PM on Oct. 17, 2010