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Grant to help streamline Virginians' access to services, supports

A two-year federal grant will enhance the public-private partnership No Wrong Door Virginia system, its technology and network of resources and providers, helping to streamline access for more Virginians to needed services and trained professionals in options counseling.

Richmond, Va. – Oct. 16, 2018


Virginia APS director receives national award

DARS' Paige McCleary, director of the Adult Protective Services Division, was recognized for her professional contributions by the National Adult Protective Services Association with its Joanne Otto Distinguished Service Award.

Richmond, Va. – Sept. 12, 2018


Batten named director of Division of Rehabilitative Services

DARS Commissioner Kathryn A. Hayfield named Dale “Dee Dee” Batten as the agency's new director for the Division of Rehabilitative Services, which offers vocational rehabilitation to assist people with disabilities to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment. Batten had served as DARS' first deputy director for workforce development.

Richmond, Va. – Aug. 10, 2018


Grant will enhance Commonwealth's brain injury services, supports

Gov. Ralph Northam announced a three-year, $900,000 federal grant awarded to DARS to enhance access to services and supports for Virginians with traumatic brain injury. The grant seeks to maximize the health, wellness and independence of people with TBI, along with their family members and support networks.

Richmond, Va. – Jul. 25, 2018


Virginia high school students celebrate completion of national career program

Nearly 190 high school students in Virginia with intellectual and developmental disabilities participated in Project SEARCH during the school year to gain skills and work experience through internships in healthcare or business. Participants, their families and hosts will celebrate their efforts this spring at 20 sites across the Commonwealth.

Richmond, Va. – May 16, 2018


Rebuilding Together in November Wins First Place 2018 Best Practices Award

Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit in Northern Virginia, won the $5,000 first place “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging for a program that helps low-income homeowners age in their homes safely.

Richmond, Va. – May 2, 2018


WWRC director receives national recognition for disability employment efforts

Rick Sizemore, director of the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, was recognized locally and nationally for his development and expansion of services and programs to help individuals with disabilities gain skills and workforce credentials necessary for employment in the new Virginia economy.

Richmond, Va. – Dec. 6, 2017


New DARS division aligns aging, community based services programs

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services has established the Division for Community Living, combining its aging and community based services programs into a single division.

Richmond, Va. – Nov. 30, 2017


DARS wins grant to help fight leading cause of injuries among older adults

A three-year grant to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services aims to help prevent falls, the leading cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.

Richmond, Va. – Sept. 18, 2017


New law aids fight against adult financial exploitation

DARS and Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring remind Virginians of a new law that will aid investigations into the heinous crime of financial exploitation of older or vulnerable Virginians. The law requires any report of adult financial exploitation received by the state Adult Protective Services hotline or local departments of social services, regardless of the amount of financial loss, to be reported immediately to local law enforcement.

Richmond, Va. – Aug. 3, 2017


Robot rally caps 5-day IT academy for high school students with disabilities

A robot rally June 30 will cap a five-day robotics and cyber academy for more than two dozen high school students with disabilities seeking to learn skills and earn certification that could lead to jobs in high-demand fields in Virginia’s IT and manufacturing fields.

Richmond, Va. – Jun. 23, 2017


DARS congratulates Project SEARCH participants on completion of career program

About 150 high school students with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated in internships at 17 host sites in Virginia, gaining useful skills and work experience as part of the Project SEARCH program. This career program for high school students with disabilities offers hands-on training in various healthcare or business settings throughout senior year. DARS congratulates the participants on their success.

Richmond, Va. – Jun. 5, 2017


Join us in Roanoke for the Governor’s Conference on Aging

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will address the Virginia Governor’s Conference on Aging in Roanoke on May 22 at noon as representatives of government, business, nonprofits and academia gather to assess how well the Commonwealth meets the needs of older Virginians. Learn more about the event.

Richmond, Va. – May 17, 2017


DARS Facebook campaign wins statewide award

The communications staff for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services won the Capitol Award of Merit for creative tactics at the 70th Virginia Public Relations Awards ceremony. The award recognized a 2016 DARS Facebook campaign designed to raise awareness of the agency’s services and programs and increase the agency’s Facebook followers.

Richmond, Va. – May 12, 2017


Commonwealth Council on Aging honors grocery delivery program for seniors

Senior Services of Alexandria won the top 2017 “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging for its grocery delivery program, which offers food shopping and delivery service to older Alexandrians unable to shop for groceries themselves. This year’s first-place award of $5,000 honors Senior Services of Alexandria’s “Groceries to Go” program.

Richmond, Va. – May 8, 2017


Social Security Administration honors Virginia Disability Determination Services

The Social Security Administration honored Virginia’s Disability Determination Services division with its prestigious, national Phoenix Award for performance and customer service.

Richmond, Va. – Apr. 13, 2017


Gov. McAuliffe, Sen. Warner Announce No Wrong Door’s 100th partner

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Senator Mark R. Warner today announced the 100th partner to join No Wrong Door, a public-private effort which helps Virginians gain streamlined access to needed services through a virtual network of resources connecting people, providers and communities. A new website explains the benefits for consumers, providers and communities.

Richmond, Va. – Apr. 12, 2017


Adult financial exploitation costs victims an estimated $28.2 million in SFYI 2015

Adult financial exploitation costs elderly and vulnerable Virginians an estimated $28.2 million, a figure that could well top $1 billion, according to a review by Adult Protective Services. The 2016 General Assembly requested the report, the first look at the scope of adult financial exploitation in the Commonwealth.

Richmond, Va. – Dec. 28, 2016


Grant will expand program to help caregivers for those with dementia

Virginia has secured additional federal funding to expand statewide a program to strengthen services for Virginians experiencing dementia and their caregivers. The $276,000 grant from the federal Administration for Community Living allows the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to broaden the FAMILIES caregiver intervention program.

Richmond, Va. – Nov.mber 3, 2016


Petersburg business development manager honored with leadership recognition award

Virginia's State Rehabilitation Council has named Beth Groff, business development manager and counselor manager for DARS in its Petersburg office, the 2016 recipient of its annual Employee Leadership Roy J. Ward Recognition Award. The award is presented by the council to employees of DARS for outstanding service in the vocational rehabilitation field and disability community. Learn more about her work.

Richmond, Va. – Oct.ber 12, 2016


Tips to help Medicare beneficiaries get ready for open enrollment

Medicare beneficiaries preparing for open enrollment next month may want to consider their current health needs and the many preventive services covered by Medicare. The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program state director has these tips for older Virginians looking to prepare for the enrollment period, October 15 – Dec. 7.

Richmond, Va. – Sept.mber 27, 2016


DARS names new director for Virginia's Division for the Aging

Marcia DuBois will lead Virginia’s Division for the Aging and its programs as its new director, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services Commissioner Jim Rothrock announced.

Richmond, Va. – Aug.st 18, 2016


Three Virginia Area Agencies on Aging recognized nationally

Three of Virginia’s aging programs won honors from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for developing initiatives to help older Americans remain independent in their homes and communities. Read more about the programs.

Richmond, Va. – Aug.st 8, 2016


Virginia awarded $900,000 to expand wellness program

Gov. McAuliffe today announced Virginia’s wellness program that helps older Virginians with chronic diseases has won a $900,000 grant to expand across the Commonwealth and include individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Read about the program.

Richmond, Va. – Jul. 21, 2016


Project SEARCH participants celebrate completion of career program

About 130 high school students in Virginia with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated in internships this school year to gain valuable work experience and skills as part of the inNovembertive Project SEARCH program. Learn more about this career program that provides hands-on job training during the senior year.

Richmond, Va. – May 31, 2016


WWRC students demonstrate manufacturing skills for industry leaders

Youth with disabilities participating in a new job skills academy will demonstrate to Virginia manufacturing leaders a solar-powered water filtration unit they built at Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center. Learn more about the academy’s role in WWRC’s new emphasis on certification.

Fishersville, VA – May 25, 2016


Commonwealth Council on Aging honors Senior Connections’ chronic disease self-management program

Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging, won the top 2016 “Best Practices” award from the Commonwealth Council on Aging for a wellness program that helps state corrections offenders learn to manage their chronic diseases and improve their well-being. Learn more about this program and other honorees.

Richmond Va. – May 2, 2016


Governor’s Conference on Aging gathers experts to discuss enhancing lives of older Virginians

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services will convene in Richmond May 2-3 the first Governor’s Conference on Aging in 13 years to identify ways to enhance the health and well-being of Virginians as they age. Learn more about this historic conference.

Richmond, Va. – Apr. 19, 2016


Gov. McAuliffe to honor first graduates of collaborative WWRC job training program with CVS Health

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will visit Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center on April 11 and recognize the first graduates of an inNovembertive job training program developed in collaboration with CVS Health. Learn more about the training program.

Fishersville, VA – Apr. 6, 2016


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