The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new initiative through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to help seniors and people with disabilities to live at home with the support styes they need.
With the creation of ACL, the Obama administration and HHS said they’re reinforcing its commitment to improving the lives of those with functional needs into one coordinated, focused and stronger entity.
“All Americans – including people with disabilities and seniors – should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions – rather than in nursing homes or other institutions,” said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of HHS in a statement.
The ACL will bring together the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities into a single agency that supports both cross-cutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups, such as children with developmental disabilities or seniors with dementia.
“This new agency will work on increasing access to community supports and achieving full community participation for people with disabilities and seniors,” said Sebelius.
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Written by John Yedinak