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Apply for integration assistance for adults with disabilities and for children and adolescents with physical and mental disabilities

The benefits of integration assistance are intended to enable comprehensive participation of people with disabilities in all areas of social life.

The benefits of integration assistance are divided into 4 benefit groups:

  • Benefits for medical rehabilitation
  • Benefits for participation in education
  • Benefits for participation in working life
  • Benefits for social participation

Among other things, the benefits can help you to cope with the tasks of daily life. These include, for example:

  • Housing
  • Finances
  • Household management
  • Leisure activities
  • Promotion of private contacts and hobbies
  • Visits to authorities (preparation and support), if not the task of a legal guardian
  • Mobility
  • Parenting
  • Support at school, university or for further education at work
  • Support in the day care center
  • Aids
  • Support for communication
  • Work

The services are individually designed. They are subordinate to the services of other social service and rehabilitation providers (e.g. health insurance, pension insurance, employment agency, accident insurance).

The costs for the services are borne by the responsible institution for integration assistance. Your income or assets may be taken into account.

Process flow

You can apply for integration assistance from the institution responsible for you.

  • You contact the institution responsible for integration assistance for you.
  • You will be advised there or you can submit an informal application straight away.
  • The competent authority may ask you to fill out a form and submit additional documents.
  • The authority will conduct a participation procedure, an overall plan procedure or both procedures to determine your individual needs for integration assistance services and possible further participation services. You can request that a person you trust be involved in the overall plan procedure.
  • When all the documents are available, the competent body will check whether and which benefits you will receive on the basis of the information you have provided and the needs assessment. This also includes checking whether and to what extent your income and assets are taken into account.
  • After your application has been reviewed, you will receive a decision.


You can receive benefits from integration assistance if

  • you have a disability or
  • you are threatened by a disability and
  • you are significantly restricted in your daily life as a result.

You can also apply for integration assistance for persons who represent you within the framework of legal care, guardianship, or as an authorized representative or guardian.

Which documents are required?

  • You must submit an application to the relevant office. This can be informal.
  • Please contact the office responsible for you to find out what additional documents you need to submit. It may be that the authority asks you to use a form.

What are the fees?


What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

If the authority was unable to provide a service that could not be postponed in time and you incurred costs for a service that you procured yourself as a result, the authority must reimburse you for these costs insofar as the service was necessary. The same applies if the authority has wrongly refused a service.

Processing duration

The processing time of your application depends on various factors. Please contact your competent institution for integration assistance, which can give you more detailed information on the duration of the procedure.

However, the authority to which you have submitted your application must determine whether it is responsible for your application within 2 weeks of receiving it. If the authority is not competent, it will forward your application to the competent body without delay. You will be informed about the forwarding.

If the authority does not forward your application, it must determine and provide your need for assistance as soon as possible.

If an expert opinion is required to determine your need, the authority must make a decision within 2 weeks once the authority has received the expert opinion.

If the authority does not need to obtain an expert opinion, it must decide within 3 weeks of receiving your application.


  • Objection within one month after notification of the administrative act
  • Action before the social court within one month after notification of the notice of objection

Supporting institutions

Another point of contact for integration assistance benefits for adults:

Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family

Domhof 1

31134 Hildesheim

Phone: 05121 304-0

Fax: 05121 304611

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)