The US Department of Health and Human Services has announced the creation of the Administration for Community Living, a single agency designed to bring together the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to support persons with disabilities and access to community supports. Through this change and the Presidents 'Year of Community Living' strategy, HHS hopes to improve the broad range of supports needed so that people can live with respect and dignity as full members of a community.
According to the Obama administration, the reorganization can proceed without new legislation because the HHS secretary has the authority to organize the department and delegate functions across HHS.
"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," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a release. “These support needs go well beyond health care and include the availability of appropriate housing, employment, education, meaningful relationships and social interaction.”
Kathy Greenlee will serve as both ACL administrator and assistant secretary for aging.