The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Caregivers may apply for temporary voucher program for respite Virginia families who care for a loved one with disabilities or chronic conditions can apply for up to $400 reimbursement for respite care under a limited voucher program from DARS.
Richmond, Va. – Oct. 30, 2018
Grant to help streamline Virginians' access to services, supports A two-year federal grant will enhance the public-private partnership No Wrong Door Virginia system, its technology and network of resources and providers, helping to streamline access for more Virginians to needed services and trained professionals in options counseling.
Richmond, Va. – Oct. 16, 2018
Virginia APS director receives national award DARS' Paige McCleary, director of the Adult Protective Services Division, was recognized for her professional contributions by the National Adult Protective Services Association with its Joanne Otto Distinguished Service Award.
Richmond, Va. – Sep 12, 2018
Batten named director of Division of Rehabilitative Services DARS Commissioner Kathryn A. Hayfield named Dale “Dee Dee” Batten as the agency's new director for the Division of Rehabilitative Services, which offers vocational rehabilitation to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment. Batten had served as DARS' first deputy director for workforce development.
Richmond, Va. – Aug 10, 2018
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.
Richmond, Va. – July 25, 2018
Virginia high school students celebrate completion of national career program Nearly 190 high school students in Virginia with intellectual and developmental disabilities participated in Project SEARCH during the school year to gain skills and work experience through internships in healthcare or business. Participants, their families and hosts will celebrate their efforts this spring at 20 sites across the Commonwealth.
Richmond, Va. – May 16, 2018
Rebuilding Together in Nova Wins First Place 2018 Best Practices Award Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit in Northern Virginia, won the $5,000 first place “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging for a program that helps low-income homeowners age in their homes safely.
Richmond, Va. – May 2, 2018
Adult financial exploitation reports increase 20 percent in SFY 2017 The latest annual report from DARS' Adult Protective Services found that the number of financially exploited Virginians last year leaped more than 20 percent from the previous year. APS reviews allegations that Virginians age 60 or older, or incapacitated Virginians age 18 to 59, are abused, neglected or exploited.
Richmond, Va. – Jan. 8, 2018


WWRC director receives national recognition for disability employment efforts Rick Sizemore, director of the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, was recognized locally and nationally for his development and expansion of services and programs to help individuals with disabilities gain skills and workforce credentials necessary for employment in the new Virginia economy.
Richmond, Va. – December 6, 2017
New DARS division aligns aging, community based services programs The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has established the Division for Community Living, combining its aging and community based services programs into a single division.
Richmond, Va. – November 30, 2017
DARS wins grant to help fight leading cause of injuries among older adults A three-year grant to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services aims to help prevent falls, the leading cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.
Richmond, Va. – September 18, 2017
New law aids fight against adult financial exploitation DARS and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring remind Virginians of a new law that will aid investigations into the heinous crime of financial exploitation of older or vulnerable Virginians. The law requires any report of adult financial exploitation received by the state Adult Protective Services hotline or local departments of social services, regardless of the amount of financial loss, to be reported immediately to local law enforcement.
Richmond, Va. – August 3, 2017
Robot rally caps 5-day IT academy for high school students with disabilities A robot rally June 30 will cap a five-day robotics and cyber academy for more than two dozen high school students with disabilities seeking to learn skills and earn certification that could lead to jobs in high-demand fields in Virginia’s IT and manufacturing fields.
Richmond, Va. – June 23, 2017
DARS congratulates Project SEARCH participants on completion of career program About 150 high school students with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated in internships at 17 host sites in Virginia, gaining useful skills and work experience as part of the Project SEARCH program. This career program for high school students with disabilities offers hands-on training in various healthcare or business settings throughout senior year. DARS congratulates the participants on their success.
Richmond, Va. – June 5, 2017
Join us in Roanoke for the Governor’s Conference on Aging Gov. Terry McAuliffe will address the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging in Roanoke on May 22 at noon as representatives of government, business, nonprofits and academia gather to assess how well the Commonwealth meets the needs of older Virginians. Learn more about the event.
Richmond, Va. – May 17, 2017
DARS Facebook campaign wins statewide award The communications staff for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services won the Capitol Award of Merit for creative tactics at the 70th Virginia Public Relations Awards ceremony. The award recognized a 2016 DARS Facebook campaign designed to raise awareness of the agency’s services and programs and increase the agency’s Facebook followers.
Richmond, Va. – May 12, 2017
Commonwealth Council on Aging honors grocery delivery program for seniors Senior Services of Alexandria won the top 2017 “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging for its grocery delivery program, which offers food shopping and delivery service to older Alexandrians unable to shop for groceries themselves. This year’s first-place award of $5,000 honors Senior Services of Alexandria’s “Groceries to Go” program.
Richmond, Va. – May 8, 2017
Social Security Administration honors Virginia Disability Determination Services The Social Security Administration honored Virginia’s Disability Determination Services division with its prestigious, national Phoenix Award for performance and customer service.
Richmond, Va. – April 13, 2017
Gov. McAuliffe, Sen. Warner Announce No Wrong Door’s 100th partner Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark R. Warner today announced the 100th partner to join No Wrong Door, a public-private effort which helps Virginians gain streamlined access to needed services through a virtual network of resources connecting people, providers and communities. A new website explains the benefits for consumers, providers and communities.
Richmond, Va. – April 12, 2017


Adult financial exploitation costs victims an estimated $28.2 million in SFYI 2015 Adult financial exploitation costs elderly and vulnerable Virginians an estimated $28.2 million, a figure that could well top $1 billion, according to a review by Adult Protective Services. The 2016 General Assembly requested the report, the first look at the scope of adult financial exploitation in the Commonwealth.
Richmond, Va. – Dec. 28, 2016
Grant will expand program to help caregivers for those with dementia Virginia has secured additional federal funding to expand statewide a program to strengthen services for Virginians experiencing dementia and their caregivers. The $276,000 grant from the federal Administration for Community Living allows the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to broaden the FAMILIES caregiver intervention program.
Richmond, Va. – November 3, 2016
Petersburg business development manager honored with leadership recognition award Virginia's State Rehabilitation Council has named Beth Groff, business development manager and counselor manager for DARS in its Petersburg office, the 2016 recipient of its annual Employee Leadership Roy J. Ward Recognition Award. The award is presented by the council to employees of DARS for outstanding service in the vocational rehabilitation field and disability community. Learn more about her work.
Richmond, Va. – October 12, 2016
Tips to help Medicare beneficiaries get ready for open enrollment 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.
Richmond, Va. – September 27, 2016
DARS names new director for Virginia's Division for the Aging 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.
Richmond, Va. – August 18, 2016
Three Virginia Area Agencies on Aging recognized nationally Three of Virginia’s aging programs won honors from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for developing initiatives to help older Americans remain independent in their homes and communities. Read more about the programs.
Richmond, Va. – August 8, 2016
Virginia awarded $900,000 to expand wellness program Gov. McAuliffe today announced Virginia’s wellness program that helps older Virginians with chronic diseases has won a $900,000 grant to expand across the Commonwealth and include individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Read about the program.
Richmond, Va. – July 21, 2016
Project SEARCH participants celebrate completion of career program About 130 high school students in Virginia with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated in internships this school year to gain valuable work experience and skills as part of the innovative Project SEARCH program. Learn more about this career program that provides hands-on job training during the senior year.
Richmond, Va. – May 31, 2016
WWRC students demonstrate manufacturing skills for industry leaders Youth with disabilities participating in a new job skills academy will demonstrate to Virginia manufacturing leaders a solar-powered water filtration unit they built at Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center. Learn more about the academy’s role in WWRC’s new emphasis on certification.
Fishersville, VA – May 25, 2016
Commonwealth Council on Aging honors Senior Connections’ chronic disease self-management program Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, won the top 2016 “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging for a wellness program that helps state corrections offenders learn to manage their chronic diseases and improve their well-being. Learn more about this program and other honorees.
Richmond Va. – May 2, 2016
Governor’s Conference on Aging gathers experts to discuss enhancing lives of older Virginians The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services will convene in Richmond May 2-3 the first Governor’s Conference on Aging in 13 years to identify ways to enhance the health and well-being of Virginians as they age. Learn more about this historic conference.
Richmond, Va. – April 19, 2016
Gov. McAuliffe to honor first graduates of collaborative WWRC job training program with CVS Health Gov. Terry McAuliffe will visit Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center on April 11 and recognize the first graduates of an innovative job training program developed in collaboration with CVS Health. Learn more about the training program.
Fishersville, VA – April 6, 2016