The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Community Based Services (CBS)

CBS Programs

Brain Injury Services Coordination Unit
The Brain Injury Services Coordination (BISC) Unit, located within the Community Based Services Division in the Richmond Central Office, manages numerous programs/services, contracts, and a federal grant that provide brain injury services throughout the Commonwealth.  The BISC Unit serves as a point of contact for customers seeking general or agency-specific information about brain injury resources and rehabilitation.

Community Rehabilitation Case Management Services
The DARS Community Rehabilitation Case Management Services (CRCMS) Program assists people with severe physical and sensory disabilities to build a quality of life of their choosing through self-direction, support, and community resources. CRCMS Rehabilitation 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 Services to recipients of Virginia's Development Disabilities Medicaid Waiver.

Dementia Services
Dementia Services provides assistance across the Commonwealth to persons with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and their caregivers. The primary role of Dementia Services is to monitor the development and implementation of Virginia's Dementia State Plan by coordinating, facilitating, and supporting the activities of the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Commission. Additional functions include disseminating information, coordinating services and activities, and identifying interdisciplinary memory assessment centers.

Independent Living Centers and Services
This program provides technical assistance oversight and compliance to Centers for Independent Living (CILs). CILs  provide services and advocacy to promote the leadership, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. CILs 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 (PAS), sometimes called attendant care, is a range of non-medical services provided by one or more persons, designed to assist a consumer with a significant physical disability with daily living activities. These consumer directed services include transferring, bathing, eating, dressing or other physical activities. DARS manages three PAS programs: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) PAS, State-funded PAS, and PAS for Individuals with Brain Injury. Each program has general and program specific eligibility criteria

Useful Links
There are several Prescription Drug Assistance Programs available to Virginians. The link above will take you to the Virginia Department for the Aging website for more information.

The Assistive Technology Loan Authority offers creative and flexible services to open doors for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. It provides alternative funding resources for Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology that can enhance their independence and improve their quality of life.