Integration assistance for the mentally ill Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Do you have a mental illness or live with a mentally ill person? The various aids are intended to help you to participate in social life again.

The aim of integration assistance is to avoid an imminent mental disability or to eliminate or mitigate the consequences of a disability. Their participation in life in the community should be preserved or restored after a longer hospital stay or prolonged isolation.
You will find support in coping with daily life. These include, in particular:

  • living
  • finances
  • financial management
  • leisure activities
  • the promotion of private contacts and hobbies,
  • Visits to office (preparation and support), unless the task of a legal guardian
  • Parenthood

The care period is usually designed for a longer period of time and individually designed.

The cost of the benefits shall be borne by the competent institution of the integration assistance if an individual need for support is identified. If necessary, income and assets will be credited.

An informal application to the competent authority is sufficient. This will ask you to use a form and submit further documents.


  • the existence of an actual or imminent mental disability

as well as

  • a restriction of participation.

Individual support needs are determined by the competent institution of integration assistance within the framework of a participation and master plan procedure.


Viele Krankenkassen informieren sehr ausführlich über das Thema psychische Gesundheit. Meist finden Sie auf den Internetseiten Kontakte und Anträge, die Ihnen weiterhelfen.

Weiterführende Informationen finden Sie auf den Internetseiten des Niedersächsischen Ministeriums für Soziales, Gesundheit und Gleichstellung sowie des Niedersächsischen Landesamtes für Soziales, Jugend und Familie.

Zudem halten die zuständigen Behörden für Eingliederungshilfe auf ihren Internetseiten Informationen zu den Leistungen und Ansprechpartnerinnen und Ansprechpartnern bereit.

Die Landkreise und kreisfreien Städten verfügen zudem über einen Sozialpsychiatrischen Dienst, an den Sie sich wenden können.

  • Lower Slander Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality
  • Lower Saxony's State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family
  • You should contact the institution responsible for your integration assistance. There you can ask for advice and support or make an informal application.
  • The competent authority will ask you to fill in a form and submit further documents.
  • The Authority will carry out a participation and/or master plan procedure to identify your individual need for integration assistance.
  • Once all the documents are available, the competent authority will check on the basis of your information whether or to what extent you will receive integration assistance.
  • After examining your application, you will receive an approval or rejection notice.

Related Links

  • Information on needs assessment in Lower Saxony

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