Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services


What is the Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS)?

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.  Their mission is to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. 

What services do they provide?

Vocational rehabilitation

DARS Vocational Rehabilitation Program helps people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. 

Supported employment

The goal of supported employment is to maximize employment opportunities for persons with the most severe disabilities who require support in order to work in integrated, competitive employment services.

Community rehabilitation case management services

Specialists provide individualized long-term case management to people across the Commonwealth, as well as outreach and support services to residents of nursing facilities. CRCMS also provides support coordination through the Medicaid waiver program. 

Independent living centers and services

Centers for independent living provide services and advocacy to promote the leadership, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. These centers work with both individuals, as well as the local communities, to remove barriers to independence and ensuring equality of persons with disabilities. 

Personal assistance services

Personal assistance services, or attendant care, is a range of non-medical services provided by one or more persons, designed to assist an individual with disabilities with daily living activities. 

Assistive technology loan services

Department of Aging & Rehabilitative partners with the following agencies in providing assistive technology services:

Disability determination services

The Virginia Disability Determination Services (DDS), a division within DARS, works in partnership with the Social Security Administration and the Virginia Department of Social Services to make decisions on disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicaid Programs. 

Employment resources

Project SEARCH

The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.

Centers for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) provide services to individuals with significant disabilities as well as to the local community at large. CILs provide the following core services to individuals:

  • Advocacy
  • Peer counseling
  • Independent living skills training
  • Information and referral; and
  • Transition services for youth, people living in institutions, and services that prevent institutionalization