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VA Department of Rehabilitative Services Overview


Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) logoThe Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS), through a state-wide network of offices, provides services to people with disabilities as well as services to employers. Follow the links below to learn more about these services.

Services to People with Disabilities

             Employment: Employment Services help people with disabilities get ready for, find, and keep a job. DRS has a residential training and medical rehabilitation center known as Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, as well as offices located across Virginia. The Agency also partners with a network of community rehabilitation providers, also known as Employment Services Organizations (ESOs). These organizations provide Employment and Vocational Services throughout the state.

             Transition Services: Transition services assist students in their efforts to move from school to the world of work and adult life.

             Community Living: DRS administers programs which offer a broad range of services to individuals with disabilities to enhance opportunities for independent living.

             Assistive Technology / Devices and Equipment: Assistive Technology Services directly assist individuals with disabilities in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device. An assistive technology device is defined as any item, piece of equipment, or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

             Nursing Home Outreach: The Department of Rehabilitative Services provides specialized services to eligible consumers with disabilities who live in nursing facilities across Virginia. Specialized services are those services consumers need to maximize self-determination and independence that they cannot access through a nursing facility (NF) or through the standard Medicaid state plan.

             Disability Determination - Disability Determination Services process disability claims for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.

NOTE: DRS has a Comparable Benefits Policy: DRS will not fund many services if funding for comparable services is available through other government agencies, health insurance, or employer benefits. See Comparable Benefits Policy for more information and exceptions to the policy.

Services to Employers

             DRS Business Services - is dedicated to helping companies increase their competitive advantage through promoting diversity in the workplace.

See Also:

Eligibility for Services

Employment Services

WWRC Services

Community Based Services

Assistive Technology Services

Nursing Home Outreach

DRS Financial Participation in Cost of Services

Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) Offices

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Some of the information about DRS and DRS services has been drawn from the DRS website at:
(You can find there more information about the services offered by DRS as well as information about local DRS offices and links to the Employment Services Organizations (ESOs) located throughout Virginia.)

Detailed information was drawn from the DRS Policy and Procedure Manual at:

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