Administration for Community Living (ACL) releases funds to senior advocacy organization

ACL’s Administration on Aging announced the release of $1,050,000 to the nationally recognized senior advocacy organization

Justice in Aging to create a new National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER). The NCLER will support ACL’s ongoing efforts to protect the rights, financial security, and independence of older adults.

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is headed by the Administrator, who reports directly to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACL was initially established on April 18, 2012 by bringing together the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Since then, ACL has grown significantly. Through budget legislation in subsequent years, Congress moved several programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities from other agencies to ACL, including the State Health Insurance Assistance Program, the Paralysis Resource Center, and the Limb Loss Resource Center. The 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act moved the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research and the independent living and assistive technology programs from the Department of Education to ACL.