There are over 85 community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) throughout the state of Virginia who are approved by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to provide an array of employment related services to individuals with disabilities. The organizations, known by DARS as Employment Service Organizations (ESOs), operate primarily for the purpose of providing employment and vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities. Such services may be provided separately or in combination with other rehabilitation services.
Visit our ESO Interactive Directory to find contact information and more details about Employment Service Organizations.
DARS hosts Quarterly New Provider Orientations for organizations that are interested in partnering with the Division of Rehabilitative Services to provide Supported Employment services for individuals who meet DARS eligibility criteria. Orientation participation is required prior to submitting a vendor application.
It is highly recommended that the DARS website be reviewed for more information prior to participating in the orientation process. It is also recommended that research be completed on the types of services that the Agency provides, CARF requirements, Employment Service Organization (ESO) Scorecards, LTESS, Medicaid Waiver, and Service Needs of the Agency, to determine your organization’s uniqueness.
To find out when the next New Provider Orientation is scheduled, please contact Anita Mundy, Provider Program Specialist, at (757) 751-0050 or Anita.Mundy@dars.virginia.gov.
The Department of Rehabilitative Services is required by Federal and State mandates to establish and monitor standards for Employment Service Organizations providing vocational services to persons with significant disabilities. In September 1998, DARS established that CARF Accreditation/ Standards would be used for Virginia Employment Service Organizations providing vocational services to consumers. For information on CARF - The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, visit http://www.carf.org/
Effective July 1, 2019, The Employment Service Organization Steering Committee is established as an advisory board, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Committee shall be to report to and advise the Commissioner on policy, funding, and the allocation of funds to employment service organizations for Long-Term Employment Support Services and Extended Employment Services pursuant to § 51.5-169.1.
Meeting Minutes and Documents from previous ESOSC meetings may be accessed through this link.