U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
This is the current homepage for the federal department that oversees social and human services programs. Brief descriptions and links to its major agencies follow below.
Administration on Aging (AOA)
Part of HHS, the AOA develops polices, plans, and programs that promote the welfare of the elderly. It also supports a nationwide aging network that provides services to the elderly.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This HHS agency conducts scientific research that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, access, quality and cost, and use.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, the centers administer Medicare and Medicaid programs and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The mission of the HRSA is to assure the availability of quality health care to low- income, uninsured, isolated, vulnerable and special needs populations. Key programs include HIV/AIDS services, maternal and child health, and rural health policy.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA is the HHS agency that focuses on the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental disorders. Included are links to statistics and data, workplace resources, mental health services, and addiction treatment.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
This office focuses on welfare, poverty, service delivery issues, data for research, and policies affecting children, youth and families. This is an important source of information on policy and legislative developments.
U. S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
This federal department oversees and supports community development, access to affordable housing programs, homelessness programs, etc. Useful links include those to homelessness, information by state, and the library.
Social Security Online
This is the official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. From a policy perspective, the links to the history of the social security program and in particular, its legislative history, are informative.