The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, or DARS, administers programs that ensure Texas is a state where people with disabilities, and children who have developmental delays, enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to live independent and productive lives.
DARS has four divisions, each with its own programs:
- Rehabilitation Services
- Blind Services
- Early Childhood Intervention Services
- Disability Determination Services
DARS administers programs that help Texans with disabilities find jobs through vocational rehabilitation, ensure that Texans with disabilities live independently in their communities, and assist families in helping their children under age 3 with disabilities and delays in development to reach their full potential.
It is a fundamental value of DARS to listen, to learn, and to be responsive to our stakeholders and our consumers in an ongoing effort to make programs and services even better. If you have suggestions or comments, please call the DARS Inquiries Unit at 1-800-628-5115, or email DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us
DARS Commissioner Veronda L. Durden
Veronda L. Durden has served as the DARS Commissioner since July 2013. For more than three decades, Ms. Durden has served in executive-level roles for the State of Texas beginning her career at the Office of the Attorney General. She has also worked for the Department of Health, the Department of Human Services, and the Department of Aging and Disability Services. She is a Certified Management Professional, a graduate of the Governor's Executive Development Program, Leadership Texas, and a certified mediator through The University of Texas School Of Law. In 2004, Governor Rick Perry appointed Ms. Durden to serve as a state agency representative on the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Policy Committee, where she served for six years. She is excited to join the 2016 class of Leadership America. Ms. Durden enjoys mentoring young professionals and being active in her community and at the national level. She served on the board of directors for the Greater Austin Alzheimer's Association and the Central Texas Society of Government Meeting Professionals. She has served in various leadership roles for the Association for Health Facility Survey Agencies including president, and was a member of the Joint Commission's Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. She is currently serves on the boards for the Greater Texas Federal Credit Union and United Ways of Texas. She recently joined the University of Texas at Austin (UT) Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program Advisory Board. Ms. Durden received her bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern University and a master's degree in health administration from Texas State University.
Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council (DARS Council)
House Bill 2292 of the 78th Texas Legislature, which created the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, establishes that an Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Council will assist the agency in developing rules and policies. The council will be made up of nine members appointed by the governor with the consent of the Texas Senate. To be eligible for appointment to the council, a person must have knowledge in programs and issues related to early childhood intervention services, services for people with disabilities or services for people who are blind, deaf or hard of hearing. For more information about the application process, please visit the governor's Internet site.
More Information About DARS
Executive Staff A list of the DARS executive leadership team including the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Assistant Commissioners.
Organizational Chart The organizational and operational structure of DARS.
DARS Office Locations Locate the closest DARS office near you.
- Blind Services (DBS) Offices
- Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Programs
- Rehabilitation Services (DRS) Offices
Consumer Success Stories Read about consumers who have received services through DARS programs and how their lives have been changed.
Contact Us Call, write, email, or fax the Department to learn about programs, services, and how to file a complaint.
You can report suspected waste, fraud or abuse in health and human services programs to the HHSC Office of Inspector General online or by calling 800-436-6184. You may also make a report to the Texas State Auditor's Office by calling 800-TX-AUDIT.