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Atlanta VA Health Care System

Welcome to Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)


CWT programs strive to maintain highly responsive long term quality relationships with business and industry promoting employment opportunities for veterans with physical and mental disabilities.  Many of our individual programs are accredited by the Commision on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and are members of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA). Typically CWT programs are located within VA Medical Centers in most large metropolitan areas and many smaller communities.

Compensated Work Therapy:

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Welcome to the Department of Veterans Affairs website for Compensated Work Therapy. Compenstated Work Therapy (CWT) is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) vocational rehabilitation program that endeavors to match and support work ready veterans in competitive jobs, and to consult with business and industry regarding their specific employment needs. In some locations CWT is also known as Veterans Industries: these designation are synonymous.

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CWT programs strive to maintain highly responsive long term quality relationships with business and industry promoting employment opportunities for veterans with physical and mental disabilities. Many of our individual programs are accredited by the Commision on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and are members of the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA).

Transitional Residence

The Transitional Residence (TR) Program is a transitional residence program for Veterans who want to return to the community workforce, but need and want a structured living environment to learn how to make constructive decisions instead of destructive decisions. Veterans can stay in the CWT/TR Program anywhere from six months to a year. Prior to successful discharge, each Veteran will be set up with community resources to help transition successfully into the community.

A home to Veterans

The CWT/TR Program is home to Veterans of all different backgrounds, who have had a hard time maintaining a job due to a variety of reasons. By participating in the CWT/TR Programs, Veterans will have structure and support to maintain sobriety or manage mental health issues while seeking employment. Veterans will participate in the Compensated Work Therapy Program and usually work 40 hours a week.

What are the eligibility requirments?

Any Veteran who is homeless and wanting to work needs to have a HOMES assessment done to be referred to the CWT/TR Programs. Eligible Veterans must be medication independent, be willing to follow all the CWT/TR Program rules and guidelines, be willing to work a strong recovery program, be able to take care of themselves including cooking and opening a savings or checking account. They program must be able to meet all of the physical and psychological needs of the Veteran. Other than medical appointments, the CWT assignment will take priority while in the program.

What are the obligations for staying in the house?

Each Veterans must:

  • Attend three recovery meetings a week (i.e. AA, NA, NAMI, WRAP)
  • Obtain a sponsor
  • Open a bank account
  • Participate in the CWT program with the goal of obtaining competitive employment in the community

What does it cost?

Each Veteran will pay a fee to live at the TR House. The fee will either be paid by the Veteran or taken out of his or her CWT pay. This money is used to purchase cleaning supplies for the houses, laundry detergent and household necessities.

For more information:
CWT/TR Residence Program

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Transitional Work Program:

The Transitional Work (TW) is a pre-imployment 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.

Every CWT/TW participant has an Individual Treatment or Service Plan and is vocationally case managed by a VA Vocational Specialist. Each participating veteran must be referred by order from someone privileged in the VA medical Center for vocational services, and may have a mental or physical impairment, including veterans who are homeless, and/or diagnosed with substance abuse or PTSD. Veterans participating in TW are not considered employees of the VA or participating company, and receive no traditional employee benefits. Payments received by participating TW veterans are tax exempt. There are no direct government entitlements that subsidize the veteran's earnings in TW programs.

Supported Employment Program:

The Supported Employment (SE) program consists of competitive employment with therapeutic supports integrated into treatment. 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. CWT/SE follow-up may continue indefinitely, but generally participation and supports are phased out after the veteran is able to maintain employment independently.

Information for Employers - Compensated Work Therapy:

The CWT program provides a cost effective means of achieving your company's production goals of managing costs and improving service delivery, while maintaining high quality standards. CWT is a national vocational rehabilitation program that assists veterans return to competitive employment; making a living wage and building their self-esteem while contribution to the community.

Using a business model, CWT program staffs specialize in working with facility management, human resource, and/or production personnel to address labor force deficits. If your company is searching for prescreened workers to address staffing shortfalls, please contact us.

Cost Management

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News & Events

Stay updated on the latest news regarding CWT in general or specific CWT Programs.

CWT often hosts various events, job fairs, trainings, and veteran/employer centered projects.  Please check this page often to get information on past or upcoming events.

  • Veteran’s 100: “3D Certified” Spotlight 
    Wednesday, September 18, 2013; 9:30 am-12:00 pm
    Pete Wheeler Auditorium
  • Veteran’s  Job Fair
    Wednesday, October 16, 2013;  11:00 am -2:00 pm
    Pete Wheeler Auditorium



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Vocational Specialists:

Tina Aldridge
404-321-6111 ext. 2324

John Armstrong

Sheila Baldwin

Ursula Frederick-Brown

Danielle Hale

Jarvis Hudson

Mareba Lewis

Robert Pittman

Kenneth Walker


Program Support:
Naketta Stanley
404-321-6111 ext. 7284



Program Manager:
Baron Owes
404-321-6111 ext. 7438