AoA Integrates with Disability Agencies to form New HHS Division
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week the formation of a new HHS division that combines the Administration on Aging (AoA) with the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Office on Disability. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) provides a formal infrastructure to ensure consistency and coordination in community living policy across the Federal government. The reorganization will strengthen HHS efforts to support community living, regardless of age. Existing programs intended to serve both older Americans and persons with disabilities, such as the Lifespan Respite Care program and the National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information, will benefit from this integrated organization, while initiatives designed to meet the unique needs of seniors or people with disabilities will retain their distinct programs.
Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, will also serve as the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living.
To learn more about this new HHS entity, please visit the website at http://www.hhs.gov/acl/