The Compensated Work Therapy program (CWT) provides vocational opportunities for Veterans seeking employment. The mission of the CWT program is to provide realistic and meaningful opportunities for Veterans as they transition into the workforce. The CWT staff work with Veterans to determine their vocational strengths and interests, and use this information to provide vocational services, including resume writing, interviewing strategies, and job searches in the community. Within the CWT program, we offer both the Transitional Work Program and the Supported Employment Program.
The Transitional Work (TW) is a pre-employment vocational assessment program that operates in the VA medical center and local community businesses. TW participants are screened by vocational rehabilitation staff, assessed and matched to a work assignment for a limited time as deemed clinically appropriate. TW work assignments are supervised by work site staff, and impose the same job expectations as are experienced by non-CWT workers in the organization or company.
The Supported Employment (SE) program consists of competitive employment with therapeutic supports integrated into treatment. The focus of SE is to assist Veterans with psychosis and other serious mental illness gain access to meaningful competitive employment. When there is a co-occurring mental health diagnosis, limited SE services may be available on a case by case basis to Veterans with spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury. Veterans perceived to have significant barriers to competitive work are able to engage in full and part-time employment with appropriate supports and workplace accommodation. SE follow-up may continue indefinitely, but generally participation and supports are phased out after the Veteran is able to maintain employment independently.