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Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

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Compensated Work Therapy Programs

The Mission of Compensated Work Therapy Programs is to improve the Veteran’s quality of life by promoting independence through work opportunities and employment outcomes that are consistent with their strengths, needs, preferences and abilities.

Compensated Work Therapy Programs include Transitional Work (TW), Evidenced Based Supported Employment (EBSE), and Community Based Employment Services (CBES). These programs provide vocational rehabilitation services designed to meet the employment needs and goals of each participating Veteran.

Transitional Work (TW) is a therapeutic intervention that assists Veterans who have been unable to get or keep a job due to challenges with mental health, substance abuse or homelessness to make the transition from treatment to competitive employment. Through Transitional Work, Veterans are placed in a work setting, receive an hourly wage (benefit), and have the opportunity to prepare for competitive employment by improving basic work skills such as: punctuality, appropriate dress/appearance, getting along with co-workers, acceptance of supervisor, productivity and quality of work.  Services include case management, monthly Skills for Success Workshops, employment planning, and Peer Support.   Participation is time limited (6 months).  

Evidence Based Supported Employment (EBSE) is a highly specialized vocational rehabilitation program intended for Veterans who have a diagnosis of SMI (severe mental illness, such as psychosis).  In collaboration with other Mental Health programs, services include case management, job development, job placement and ongoing supports to maintain employment.  Participation is not time limited.

Community Based Employment Services (CBES) provides flexible vocational supports tailored to each Veteran’s strengths, interests, and needs; the goal is competitive employment. CBES is intended for Veterans who possess basic work skills, are in recovery from homelessness, substance use disorders, or mental illness and have struggled with getting or keeping a job. Services include job development and ongoing supports to maintain employment. Length of participation is determined based on individual need.

Contact Info


  • Building 90

Contact Number(s)

  • 520-792-1450 Ext. 1-6169

Hours of Operation

  • 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.