About DARS

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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:

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

Download a brochure about DARS “Partnerships for Independence” (PDF 3.75MB)
Accessible (text only) brochure of “Partnerships for Independence” (DOC 15.2 KB)

DARS Commissioner Veronda L. Durden

Veronda L. Durden was appointed DARS Commissioner by the Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek on July 1, 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 in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. 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, and a certified mediator through The University of Texas School Of Law. Additionally, 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. Ms. Durden served on the board of directors for the Greater Austin Alzheimer's Association, Association for Health Facility Survey Agencies (AHFSA), and was a member of the Joint Commission's Home Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. She received her bachelor's degree in education from Northwestern University and a master's degree in health administration from Southwest 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.

Meet the DARS Executive Management Team

Organizational Chart The organizational and operational structure of DARS.

DARS Office Locations  Locate the closest DARS office near you.

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.

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