November 27, 2012

From GrantWeek: HHS Merges Aging and Disability Agencies

Based on the philosophy that “all Americans – including people with disabilities and seniors – should be able to live at home […] rather than in nursing homes or other institutions,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has established a new agency, the Administration for Community Living (ACL). ACL unites and coordinates the efforts of the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability, and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities into a single agency that supports both cross-cutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups, such as children with developmental disabilities or seniors with dementia.

Funding will focus on increasing access to community support; achieving full community participation for people with disabilities and seniors; and moving beyond healthcare alone to focus on issues related to housing, employment, education, meaningful relationships, and social participation. Monitor the ALC blog and GRC publications for funding opportunity updates.

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