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

DARS celebrates Disability Employment Awareness month

Join DARS and Gov. Northam in recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness month. Gov. Northam's proclamation calls for Virginians to have "the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth.

October is Residents' Rights Month

This month honors those living in long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities. It provides an opportunity for family members, ombudsmen, advocates, facility staff and others to focus awareness on the dignity, respect and value of each individual resident. It also serves as a reminder to those living in a long-term care facility to learn about and exercise their rights.

What you can do to prevent falls

Falls Prevention Awareness Week begins Saturday, Sept. 22. Falls are the leading cause of injury for older Americans, and one in four adults age 65 and older falls every year. This video shows what you can do to reduce your risk.  

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. 

Virginia's new health coverage for adults

Thousands of Virginians aged 19-64 will soon be able to sign up for new health coverage that will give them access to services at low cost. Starting in early 2019, eligible adults will be able to visit their doctor for help with preventing illness and improving their health. Visit to learn more.