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

Caregivers may apply for temporary voucher program for respite

November is National Family Caregivers Month. DARS recognizes the tremendous effort and care that one in five Virginians provide loved ones, often around the clock. Virginia families who care for a loved one with disabilities or chronic conditions can now apply for up to $400 reimbursement to get help taking a break from those duties, under a limited respite care voucher program from DARS.

Virginia's new health coverage for adults

Beginning Nov. 1, the Commonwealth will accept applications from Virginia adults for health coverage under Medicaid expansion. Starting in Jan. 1, 2019, eligible adults will be able to visit their doctor for help with preventing illness and improving their health. The new coverage is available to men and women ages 19-64 who are not eligible for Medicare and who meet income requirements, which vary by family size.Visit to learn more.

VATS: increasing awareness, accessibility and acquisition of assistive technology

In honor of November as Assistive Technology Awareness Month, check out the redesigned website of the Virginia Assistive Technology System. VATS strives to ensure that Virginians of all ages and abilities can acquire the appropriate, affordable assistive and information technologies and services they need to participate in society as active citizens.

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.