The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is headed by the Administrator, who reports directly to the Secretary of HHS. ACL's Principal Deputy Administrator serves as Senior Advisor to the HHS Secretary for Disability Policy.
ACL is structured to provide general policy coordination while retaining unique programmatic operations specific to the needs of each population it serves. ACL is composed of the following units:
- Office of the Administrator*
- Administration on Aging (AoA)
- Administration on Disabilities (AoD)
- National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
- Center for Integrated Programs (CIP)
- Center for Management and Budget (CMB)
- Center for Policy and Evaluation (CPE)
*Within the Office of the Administrator is the Office of Regional Operations. ACL's Regional Support Centers are located across the U.S.
Learn more about ACL's Senior Leadership in their biographies.
On April 18, 2012, ACL was established 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.
On June 2, 2015 the Federal Register published ACL’s updated Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority (PDF). An online version of the published Statement is also available. The Statement reflects ACL’s expanded mission and details the organizational structure and roles and responsibilities of its centers and offices.
From the beginning, ACL was based on a commitment to one fundamental principle—that people with disabilities and older adults should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and fully participate in their communities. Inherent in this principle is the core belief that everyone can contribute, throughout their lives.