More Services for Senior Citizens
Move to Administration for Community Living
Created in 2012, ACL has gobbled up many of the
organizations in the federal government that serve senior citizens – new
organizational chart below
29, 2014 – In a low-key but massive reorganization, the Administration
for Community Living (ACL), which was formed in April of 2012, has made
more changes and is becoming a large government home for many programs
to support senior citizens in the U.S. Last year it was formed as the
new home for the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and
the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Now it has swallowed
the Paralysis Resource Center from the CDC and the State Health
Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) from CMS.
This recent reorganization was done
to better align missions and incorporate the two organizations moved
their earlier this year, says a news statement on the ACL website.
“This reorganization also will set
the stage for success as we move programs from the Department of
Education to ACL as part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
over the next year,” the statement added.
meeting was held yesterday to begin preparing for the White House
Conference on Aging, which will take place in 2015 – the
50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older American Act, as
well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
Horizon: The 2015 White House Conference on Aging
Blog by Cecilia Muńoz,
Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council.
In April of 2012, when the ACL was
created, by then Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius,
she said, “Today, with the creation of the new Administration for
Community Living (ACL), we are reinforcing this commitment by bringing
together key HHS organizations and offices dedicated to improving the
lives of those with functional needs into one coordinated, focused and
She added, “The Obama
administration and my department have long been committed to promoting
community living and finding new mechanisms to help ensure that the
supports people with disabilities and seniors need to live in the
community are accessible.”
The Secretary also said, “…the ACL will pursue
improved opportunities for older Americans and people with disabilities
to enjoy the fullest inclusion in the life of our nation.”
The new organization chart is below.
Here are the key elements of what the ACL statement
says re-organization does:
● Replaces the Center for
Disability and Aging Policy (CDAP) with the Center for Consumer
Access and Self-Determination. This is our “middle center” — it sits
between the aging and disability centers and handles the programs that
address both portfolios. The SHIP will be housed here, as will the
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and Medicare Improvements for Patients and
Provider Act (MIPPA) programs, bringing together three programs with a
common focus on Medicare beneficiary education and outreach. This is
also where the Lifespan Respite program and some of our other smaller
integrated activities, such as the coordinated transportation and
supported decision-making grants, will reside.
● Realigns ACL’s existing policy
development and program evaluation activities from CDAP to a newly
created Center for Policy and Evaluation. This center will assume
responsibility for evaluating ACL programs and reviewing departmental
policies for their impact on older adults and people with disabilities.
● Locates the Paralysis Resource
Center within the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities’ Office of Innovation, which already administers the
Help America Vote Act program that serves individuals with all types of
● Moves the President’s
Committee for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to
the Commissioner’s immediate office. This previously was a separate box
in the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disability.
● Expands the Office of Elder
Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective
Services. We recognize that APS spans both the aging and disability
communities, and we will use the expertise developed in the elder
justice area as a foundation for building the APS framework to serve all
new structure does not yet delineate where the programs that are moving
under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will reside, but we
believe the overall framework will provide logical places for those
programs to fit.
Administration for Community Living (ACL) is led by the
Administrator, who also serves as the Assistant Secretary
for Aging. The Administrator is directly supported by the
Principal Deputy Administrator.
The following staff
offices report directly to the Administrator:
Office of External Affairs
Office of Regional Operations, which includes ten offices
located in various regions of the United States
ACL is comprised of the
following units, which report directly to the Administrator:
Administration on Aging
Administration on Intellectual and Developmental
Center for Consumer Access and Self-Direction
Center for Management and Budget
Center for Policy and Evaluation
on Aging is led by the Assistant Secretary for Aging,
who is directly supported by the Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Aging. Reporting directly to the Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Aging are the following offices:
Office of Supportive and Caregiver Services
Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs
Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services
Office of American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native
Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs
Reporting directly to
the Commissioner on Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities of the Administration on Intellectual and
Developmental Disabilities are the following offices:
Office of Program Support
Office of Innovation
Reporting directly to
the Deputy Administrator of the Center for Consumer Access
and Self-Determination are the following offices:
Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling
Office of Managed Care Consumer Information and Assistance
Office of Integrated Programs
Reporting directly to
the Deputy Administrator of the Center for Management and
Budget are the following offices:
Office of Budget and Finance
Office of Administration and Personnel
Office of Grants Management
Office of Information Resources Management
Reporting directly to
the Director of the Center for Policy and Evaluation are the
Office of Policy Analysis and Development
Office of Performance and Evaluation
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