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 Community Based Services Division, Disability Determination Services, the Division for Rehabilitative Services, the Division for the Aging, 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 NewsMore news from DARS
As Disability Employment Awareness Month in Virginia draws to a close, DARS continues to raise awareness of the talent that individuals with disabilities can bring to the workplace. Watch this video of an Henrico man’s recovery from a severe accident and return to work with support from his family and employer, along with services from DARS and Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center. Visit www.vdars.org to learn how employers can “Put ability to work.”
Medicare beneficiaries preparing for open enrollment next month may want to consider their current health needs and the many preventive services covered by Medicare. The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program state director has these tips for older Virginians looking to prepare for the enrollment period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7.
Marcia DuBois will lead Virginia’s Division for the Aging and its programs as its new director, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services Commissioner Jim Rothrock announced. As VDA director, DuBois will oversee efforts and programs that foster the independence and well-being of older Virginians and their caregivers, support the Commonwealth’s network of 25 Area Agencies on Aging, and guide Virginia in preparing for an aging population.
It's hurricane season. Do you have a kit of supplies on hand in the event of a storm? Learn from the Virginia Department for Emergency Management what items you should have ready for those with special needs at http://bit.ly/11TKGaB or for older adults at http://bit.ly/10U7FmO. Visit www.readyvirginia.gov for more.