The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Welcome to DARS

Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence, inclusion and integration

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. Read about our mission statement and our code of ethics.

DARS includes the Adult Protective Services Division, the Division for Community Living, Disability Determination Services, the Division of Rehabilitative Services, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, the Office of Community Integration and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Learn more in this overview of the agency.


Latest News

More news from DARS

Virginia's new health coverage for adults

Thousands of Virginians aged 19-64 will soon be able to sign up for new health coverage that will give them access to services at low cost. Starting in early 2019, eligible adults will be able to visit their doctor for help with preventing illness and improving their health. Visit to learn more.

Be ready, Virginia

Hurricane Isabel It's hurricane season. Do you have an emergency kit of supplies on hand in the event of a storm? Find out what items you should have ready for individuals with disabilities or for older adultsLearn more about what you can do to prepare yourself and your family for hurricanes.

Kathryn Hayfield named DARS Commissioner

Photo of Kathy Hayfield DARS' own Kathryn Hayfield has been named the agency's commissioner by Gov.-elect Ralph Northam. She has been with the agency for two decades and was most recently its Director of Rehabilitative Services. Read the Announcement.

Check out how DARS can help your business

Business Services logo DARS has updated its business services website, which offers employers resources and information on hiring individuals with disabilities. Check out the video to learn more: