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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

Administration for Community Living logoOct. 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.

 

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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 stronger entity.”

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 disabilities.

  ●  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 populations.

This 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.

ACL Organizational Chart
(Click to online graphic of organizational chart)

The U.S. 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 Disabilities

·      Center for Consumer Access and Self-Direction

·      Center for Management and Budget

·      Center for Policy and Evaluation

The Administration 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 Hawaiian Programs

·      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 following offices:

·      Office of Policy Analysis and Development

·      Office of Performance and Evaluation

 

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