Alamo Head Injury Association

Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

This resource guide is not endorsed by any particular agency or organization. It is edited and maintained by the Alamo Head Injury Association. The purpose of this site is to provide assistance and information to brain injury survivors and their families.

A brain injury survivor and family may experience many changes and needs as a result of the crisis. This site has been created in general terms, and is not intended to provide all the answers but rather to be only a guide to available assistance. Since head Injury effects are different with every individual, the resources and services listed here may not apply to everyone.

Finally, this resource guide is not intended in any way to be a substitute for the services of legal counsel, nor is it a recommendation of services provided by the named organizations.

What is DARS?

  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
  • State and federally funded agency
  • administers programs to help people with disabilities and children who have developmental delays to live independent and productive lives

What sort of programs and services do they administer?

DARS is organized into four divisions which administer a variety of programs:

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)
  • Blind Services
  • Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI)
  • Disability Determination

What do you mean by "administer programs"?

DARS does not run any specific programs. Instead, they connect individuals with service providers who meet DARS criteria and, in most cases, secure funding.

I have a brain injury. What can DARS do for me?

The DARS Department of Rehabilitation Services (known as DRS) administers the following:

  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services:
    helps Texans with traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries receive intensive therapies to increase independence.
  • Independent Living Services:
    • Concentrate on self-sufficiency and quality of life, even if work potential is limited.
    • Promote self-sufficiency despite significant disability
    • Provide people with disabilities with improved mobility, communication, personal adjustment and self-direction.
    • Can include Supported Employment andTransition Planning
  • Vocational Rehabilitation:
    Helps people with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs.Services may include:
    • counseling
    • training
    • assistive devices
    • job placement assistance

How do I get started?

By phone at:1-800-628-5115 or TTY 1-866-581-9328

Their website: www.dars.state.us

By email: DARS.Inquiries@dars.state.tx.us

In person - Below is a list of the San Antonio Offices:

  • San Antonio Field Office Central
    1107 Navarro, (210)228-2280
  • San Antonio Field Office North
    12000 Network Blvd., Ste. 210, (210)516-8600
  • San Antonio Field Office Northeast
    10303 Nacogdoches (210)650-0943
  • San Antonio Field Office South
    941 Pleasanton Rd., (210)927-8300
  • San Antonio Field Office West
    5309 Wurzbach, Ste. 102, (210)522-8010
  • San Antonio Regional Office
    8610 Broadway, Suite 310, (210)805-2200