Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
Homeless Program - Compensated Work Therapy
The Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT) is committed to assisting Veterans with psychiatric or physical disabilities reach their highest level of vocational productivity. CWT programs include CWT - Transitional Work Experience, CWT - Supported Employment and Homeless Veterans Supported Employment.
CWT - Transitional Work Experience: Contracts are negotiated with participating industries (including the VA and other agencies) for therapeutic work assignments. Veterans provide the labor as part of their overall treatment program and vocational plan.
The purpose is to develop skills to facilitate their transition into the competitive work environment. TWE reflects the realities of the competitive workplace. Work is performed under the supervision of a VA employee and indirectly under the supervision of the VA Program Manager.
CWT- Supported Employment: CWT - Supported Employment is designed to expand vocational opportunities for veterans with severe mental illness by emphasizing job accommodation, community-based employment, support and long-term follow-up. Employment specialists are trained to seek and locate real jobs in the community that match veterans’ interests, skills, and ability to work, even if only for a few hours a week.
Homeless Veterans Supported Employment: Provides assistance in locating and maintaining competitive community professions for Veterans who require assistance in career seeking and job stability, and have a desire for meaningful work. It is a partnership among the Veteran and Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in determining the goals and abilities of the Veteran, and designing and implementing a plan of action to make those ambitions and passions a reality.