The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Welcome to DARS

Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence, inclusion and integration

DARS' mission: to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. Read about 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

NAPSA honors APS director with national award

DARS' Paige McCleary, director of the Adult Protective Services Division, was recognized recently for her professional contributions by the National Adult Protective Services Association with its Joanne Otto Distinguished Service Award. 

Grant will enhance Commonwealth's brain injury services, supports

Gov. Ralph Northam announced a three-year, $900,000 federal grant awarded to DARS to enhance access to services and supports for Virginians with traumatic brain injury. The grant seeks to maximize the health, wellness and independence of people with TBI, along with their family members and support networks. 

Batten named new head of DARS' Division of Rehabilitative Services

Commissioner Kathryn A. Hayfield named Dale “Dee Dee” Batten as the agency's new director for DRS, which offers vocational rehabilitation to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment. As director, Batten will oversee the federal-state funded program that serves some 30,000 youth and adults across Virginia annually. Learn more about Batten's service at 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.