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
DRS fabrication shop staff design devices to overcome barriers
Discover the creative process employees of DARS' Richmond fabrication shop use to design assistive technology devices aimed at helping DARS consumers overcome barriers at home or in the workplace, and how the inventions can provide users greater independence and open up employment opportunities. Watch our YouTube video.
Adult financial exploitation costs victims estimated $28.2 million in SFY 2015
Financial exploitation costs older and vulnerable adult Virginians an estimated $28.2 million, a figure that could well top $1 billion, according to a review by Adult Protective Services. The report is the first attempt to quantify adult financial exploitation in the Commonwealth. Learn more about the review’s findings and recommendations and report suspected cases of adult financial exploitation by calling the toll-free, 24-hour APS hotline at (888) 832-3858.
Be ready for severe weather
Are you ready for severe winter weather? These tips can help older adults and those with physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities remain safe through extreme cold and harsh winter storms. Find more guidance on several steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter and watch this video for more information.
DARS welcomes Rhonda Jeter to the position of Director of Independent Living
Ms. Jeter has been the administrator for the Statewide Independent Living Council for the past seven years. Prior to her position with the SILC, Rhonda was a DARS vocational rehabilitation counselor.
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. 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.