The federal Department of Health and Human Services is creating a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help older Americans and persons with disabilities remain in their homes.
“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,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.
The ACL will bring the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities into a single agency. It will develop programs to meet the special needs of individual groups such as children with developmental disabilities, adults with physical disabilities, or seniors with Alzheimer’s.
It will also develop the range of community supports that enable all seniors and persons with disabilities to remain in their own homes.
“The goal of the new Administration for Community Living will be to help people with disabilities and older Americans live productive, satisfying lives,” Sebelius said.