Compensated Work Therapy - VA St. Louis Health Care System
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VA St. Louis Health Care System


Compensated Work Therapy

Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) provides a wide range of services for industry including; work site and job assessment, staff training and consultation services, employee assessment and screening, and job matching and follow-up services. CWT supports veterans through vocational case management and workplace supports to facilitate continued employment success. In conjunction with the CWT program industry is able to expand its work ready applicant pool and develop a pre-screening opportunity for future employees.

Our mission is to provide a realistic and meaningful vocational opportunity to veterans; encouraging successful reintegration into the community at the veterans' highest functional level. To achieve this mission we develop partnerships with companies who want high quality work completed on a timely basis at a competitive price. The expectation of quality, as demanded by industry, helps create and maintain our programs atmosphere of success.

The Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Supported Employment program identifies veteran strengths and matches those skills and abilities to industries job requirements. One important feature in CWT Supported Employment services is it's level of staff support; operating much like a free employee assistance program for your company. The CWT "temp to hire" Transitional Work program allows a company to pre-screen veterans, observing them in action before making a decision regarding competitive employment. Depending on your company's specific needs, CWT may be an efficient and effective source for temporary and permanent workers or a means for completing work on a piece rate or job rate basis. Services are provided at John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks Divisions and at the Hope Recovery Center.

Jay Mendell,
Compensated Work Therapy/
Vocational Rehabilitation Services Supervisor
VA St. Louis Health Care System

Our Compensated Work Therapy Program has received has received accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).


CARF Gold SealCARF International is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote quality, value and optimal outcomes of services. Accreditation is an official recognition that our organization is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices. The three year accreditation decision awarded to our programs represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows substantial conformance to CARF standards.

Contact Info


  • Hope Recovery Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 314-652-4100 Ext. 55485

Hours of Operation

  • Monday through Friday
    8:00 AM to 4:30 PM