ACA Designates $52 Million to Help Disabled and Veterans Avoid Nursing Homes

The creation of the new Administration for Community Living (ACL), brings together key HHS organizations and offices to increase access to community supports. The program is a partnership between HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Administration for Community Living and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Health Administration, which will provide an additional $27 million to states that establish the centers.

The Administration for Community Living will bring together 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. This new agency will work on increasing access to community supports and achieving full community participation for people with disabilities and seniors.

The Administration on Community Living will seek to enhance and improve the broad range of supports that individuals may need to live with respect and dignity as full members of their communities. These support needs go well beyond health care and include the availability of appropriate housing, employment, education, meaningful relationships and social participation.

Building on President Obama’s Year of Community Living, 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 Department of Health and Human Services will accept applications from states through July 25 for $25 million in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act funding to establish centers to administer and coordinate long-term service and support programs for older adults and people with disabilities.

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