Thursday, April 19, 2012

New federal Administration for Community Living umbrella for AoA

On April 16, 2012 the Obama administration restructured several federal agencies putting them under a new umbrella agency called the Administration for Community Living (ACL). Three HHS agencies will all be under the new ACL: the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Office on Disability (OD), and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD). The Assistant Secretary for Aging (currently Kathy Greenlee) will serve as the Administrator who will head the new entity.

"For too long, too many Americans have faced the impossible choice between moving to an institution or living at home without the long-term services and supports they need. The goal of the new Administration for Community Living will be to help people with disabilities and older Americans live productive, satisfying lives," says Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

According to the HHS press release "The Administration on Community Living will seek to enhance and improve the broad range of supports that individuals may need to live with respect and dignity as full members of their communities. These support needs go well beyond health care and include the availability of appropriate housing, employment, education, meaningful relationships and social participation."

The new entity's website is www.hhs.gov/acl.

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