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Action Alert: Tell ACL to Reject Guidance That Strips Authority from CILs and SILCs!

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) issued sub-regulatory guidance related to state designations on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the guidance is not in line with the intent of the law, and it takes a significant amount of power away from SILCs and CILs. This is unacceptable!

The issued guidance gives the designated State entity (DSE) power to approve what is included in the SPIL. The DSE’s signature on the SPIL should be required to indicate their agreement to fulfill their duties as the DSE, not their agreement to the content of the plan! Moreover, the guidance gives authority over administration of the IL Programs – including submitting the SPIL to ACL and holding hearings – to the ‘State’. This authority should rest with the state’s SILC and CILs. This is absolutely NOT what the law intended.

Please join us in demanding that ACL retract this guidance immediately, and that they work with NCIL before re-issuing any future guidance. Please send an email right now to the Independent Living Administration’s Acting Director Jamie Kendall (, and call ACL at (202) 401-4634.


  1. Please stop these changes! This is NOT what the law intended!!!!!

  2. ALC, Please reject the guidance that strips authority from CIL and SILCs! This is NOT what the law intended! Please work with the NCIL before reissuing any further guidance.

  3. denise myler says

    The scils and cil are doing great jobs please reject this guidance.

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