Individuals in Germany have the right to Social Integration Support in accordance with Section 99 ff. of the SGB IX when they have a disability or are at risk of acquiring a disability. A disability
can be psychological, mental, physical, or a combination of disabilities. At risk of a disability means that the person's reduced capacity or disability has a high likelihood of the disability lasting longer than 6
When people with a disability are experiencing difficulties in their everyday life there is the possibility of funding for community based support (such as ASP, QPA, EPA) through the Social Integration Support department.
It is also possible for children aged between 3 to 18 years who are psychologically, mentally or physically disabled to access community based support in accordance with Section 99 ff. SGB IX (HFbK).
The application and funding of services is done through the local responsible Social Welfare Office “Fachamt für Eingliederungshilfe”. A condition of service provision is that the mental illness or the mental and/or physical disability is officially diagnosed and confirmed. With funding, the costs of services will be paid by the Hamburg Government when a client's income or family assets are not able to cover the costs of services.
Community based services have a clear priority over in-patient services.
A focus of ABeSa is supporting people with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.