The federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) is getting a new division that could end up feeding data to the long-term care (LTC) planning community — and possibly developing big new federal LTC programs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is creating a new ACL Center for Policy and Evaluation as a part of a shakeup of the 30-month-old agency.
HHS set up ACL in April 2012, in an effort to improve the way federal programs serve the people who need help with the activities of daily living. ACL includes a major, well-established HHS LTC policy and services agency, the Administration on Aging.
Now, under a new secretary, Sylvia Burwell, HHS is adding the new policy center and another new division, a Center for Consumer Access and Self-Determination. The policy center is supposed to track facility-based LTC services, home care services, and community-based LTC services and support services.
The consumer access center is supposed to support efforts to help the users of LTC services direct their own care.
The two new centers will be at the same organizational level as the Administration on Aging, according to an HHS announcement set to appear in the Federal Register Thursday.