Disability benefits while in an institution or in prison

If you are admitted to an institution for treatment or put in prison this may affect your disability benefits.

Admission to an institution

If you are admitted to a public institution for treatment, your disability benefits will be reduced when your stay exceeds 4 months. From the fifth month after being admitted and during the rest of your stay, your disability benefits will be reduced. Full payment of your disability benefits will resume from the month of your discharge. There are a few exceptions:

  • If you have fixed and necessary housing expenses, you may apply to NAV to retain part of your disability benefit to cover these expenses during your stay.
  • If you support a spouse and/or children under 18 years of age, your disability benefits will not be reduced. You are entitled to full payment during your entire stay.

If you are admitted to a somatic hospital, your disability benefits will not be reduced.

Disability benefits while serving a prison sentence

If you are serving a prison sentence, you will receive full disability benefit payments for the first 2 months. Your disability benefits will be suspended from the third month of your imprisonment. If you have dependent children, you will continue to receive 50 per cent of your disability benefit. Full payment of your disability benefits will resume from the month of your release.

If you are not serving your sentence in prison and are allowed to live at home while serving your sentence, your disability benefits will not be reduced. For example, this applies to a community sentence, suspended sentence or conditional release.