Leon Scales - is the Virginia Disability Determination Services (DDS) Director. The Virginia DDS is a division of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). The DDS division has approximately 500 employees and is responsible for accurate and timely medical determinations for Social Security and Medicaid disability applicants.
Mr. Scales has held the position of DDS Director for approximately 7 years; he was previously the VA DDS Deputy Director - Operations. All of his 20 years work experience has been with the VA DDS, in multiple capacities. Mr. Scales has a well-rounded organizational background with experience as a disability examiner, lead worker, office/operations manager, LAN coordinator, budget/administrative manager, business process specialist, director of operations, and currently division director.
Leon Scales received his BA in History and MPA in Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), and he is a graduate of the Commonwealth of Virginia Executive Institute. Mr. Scales has earned recognition and many awards for his contributions to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services and the Social Security disability program. Honors include multiple SSA Regional and SSA Associate Commissioners Citations, SSA Deputy Commissioner Operations Leadership Award, and the VA DDS is the 2016 recipient of the SSA Associate Commissioner Phoenix Award. Mr. Scales is currently the Philadelphia Region Administrator Representative for the National Disability Interest Group (NDIG).