Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) - Cincinnati VA Medical Center
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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)

The goal of the CWT program is to assist Veterans who have a history of work-related problems with transitioning into competitive employment in the community. A CWT assignment provides Veterans with employment in a controlled environment, with the goal of helping them develop job skills and gain work experience. The CWT assignment may also be used as a work tolerance assessment. The length of stay in a CWT assignment is determined by the Veteran’s behavior and adherence to the program rules and expectations and is typically 3 months in duration.

   Eligibility Criteria:

  • have a diagnosed mental health or substance abuse disorder and
  • be receiving ongoing treatment for mental health and/or substance abuse

    Basic period of eligibility:

Veterans are eligible to receive vocational services at any time. Veterans who have previously participated in a CWT assignment may not be eligible to participate in another CWT assignment until a 365-day time frame has elapsed, and may only be eligible to participate in a CWT assignment 2 times during a 4-year period.

    What happens after eligibility is established?

Veterans will meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist (VRS) for a vocational assessment to determine a feasible vocational goal. Once a vocational goal is established, the Veteran will complete a vocational plan with the assistance of the VRS.



Contact Info


  • Fort Thomas Division
    1000 South Ft. Thomas
    Ft. Thomas, KY, 41075

Contact Number(s)

  • 859-572-6795

Hours of Operation

  • Monday thru Friday
    7:00 AM-4:00 PM