Obama Administration announces new “Administration for Community Living”

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, announced April 16 the creation of a new federal agency to oversee efforts on behalf of people with disabilities and the elderly.

The new agency, titled the the Administration for Community Living, merges three existing existing agencies: the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Aging.

“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,” Sebelius said in a statement. “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.”

“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.”

Kathy Greenlee, the current Assistant Secretary for Aging, will serve as the Administrator of the ACL, and Henry Claypool, currently the director of the Office on Disability will become principal deputy administrator.

For more information on the Administration for Community Living, click here.