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Public sector disability support in Sweden

Various kinds of support are available to adults, young people and children with disabilities. The support is regulated in Swedish law.

Support is determined by the Social Services Act or the LSS Act depending on the needs of the individual

A specific disability or diagnosis does not give automatic access to specific services. Instead, it is the degree of disability and the needs of the individual that determine the level of support. Services and support to people with extensive disabilities are regulated by LSS, the Swedish Act Concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (1993:387, LSS). Support is also regulated in the Social Services Act (2001:453, SoL).

The municipality (kommunen) is responsible for providing help and support in daily life

The municipality bears the ultimate responsibility for providing the individual with support based on his or her individual needs. The municipality provides access to the kind of support that facilitates daily life, including personal assistance services, respite care services, home care, assisted housing, housing adaptation grants, and transport services. For further information, contact a local disability liaison officer, an LSS officer or other officials with similar responsibilities.

The county council (landstinget) and the municipality share responsibility for health and medical care, habilitation, rehabilitation and the provision of disability aids.

The county council and the municipality share responsibility for health and medical care, including habilitation, rehabilitation and the provision of disability aids, as regulated by the Health and Medical Services Act (1982:763). Habilitation/rehabilitation may include support from, for example, an occupational therapist, a medical social worker, a speech therapist, psychologist or physiotherapist.
The Patient Act (2014:821) regulates the right to, for example, information, participation, accessibility, having a permanent health-care contact, individual planning and choice of provider. Further information can be obtained from the county council or the regional council.

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) administers social insurance

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency administers social insurance, including parental insurance, childcare allowance, car allowance for the disabled, attendance allowance, disability allowance and dental care allowance. Contact Försäkringskassan for further information. The website of Försäkringskassan also has further information.

More information

1177 Vårdguiden, Rules and rights

Nationella Funktionen Sällsynta Diagnoser (The Swedish National Agency for Rare Diseases), Rights and responsibilities

Socialstyrelsen, (The Swedish Board of Health and Welfare), Dental care allowance