Administration for Community Living Reorganizes, Including Elder Rights Office

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The Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding 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,” the ACL said on its website.

Some of the changes at the agency, which is part of the Health and Human Services Department, were done to align missions and incorporate the Paralysis Resource Center and the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, which moved from the Centers for Disease Control and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to ACL earlier this year.

“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 ACL said in a statement.

The Office of Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services will report directly to the deputy assistant secretary for aging within the Administration on Aging, a part of the ACL.

Other changes include replacing the Center for Disability and Aging Policy with the Center for Consumer Access and Self-Determination, create a new Center for Policy and Evaluation, locate the Paralysis Resource Center within the Administration for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Office of Innovation, move the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to the Commissioner’s office.

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