The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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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 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

May is Older Virginians Month, Adult Abuse Prevention Month

 Join DARS in observing May as Older Virginians Month and “engage at every age” by enriching your physical, mental and emotional well-being and making a difference in our communities. Help make a difference by reviewing the signs of adult abuse and how to prevent it at

Kathryn Hayfield named DARS Commissioner

Photo of Kathy Hayfield DARS' own Kathryn Hayfield has been named the agency's commissioner by Gov.-elect Ralph Northam. She has been with the agency for two decades and was most recently its Director of Rehabilitative Services. Read the Announcement.

Check out how DARS can help your business

Business Services logo DARS has updated its business services website, which offers employers resources and information on hiring individuals with disabilities. Check out the video to learn more:

3C's of Choosing a Care Provider

Learn the basics of finding the right care provider to assist your loved one. November is National Family Caregivers Month, and oftentimes caregivers find they need to hire providers to stand in when they are unable to care for their loved one or would like respite from their caregiving duties. Learn more about cost, competence and compatibility from this online poster.