The United States Department of Health and Human Services has announced the creation of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), in an organizational effort to more effectively and ensure that the needs of the elderly and disabled are being met. From the ACL website:
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. To help meet these needs, HHS is creating a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) with the goal of increasing access to community supports and full participation, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities.
The ACL incorporates the already existing Administration on Aging, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, and Office on Disability. While the primary functions of this new office already existed, the belief of Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, is that the new organizational structure will allow these offices to work more effectively together to ensure that each of them is able to serve its function as efficiently as possible, providing the best possible services to the broadest range of people in need, in a way that is beneficial to everyone, including our communities. The hope is that the ACL will help our elderly and disabled community members to be a more integral part of their communities, while also suffering less abuse.
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