Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
What is Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)?
The mission of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program is to promote recovery for Veterans living with mental health illness who want to secure and maintain meaningful, community-based competitive employment that fosters self-esteem, dignity, respect and independence through high-quality vocational rehabilitation services.
Supported Employment is a program designed primarily to help Veterans diagnosed with Serious Mental Illness (SMI), find and maintain competitive employment in their local community. Veterans in this program are assigned to a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist who can dedicate a significant amount of one-on-one time in the pursuit of employment.
Transitional Work is a program designed to provide employment assistance and work opportunities. Veterans may be financially compensated and provided jobs within the VA medical facility or the local community.
Community Based Employment Services (CBES) assist Veterans in pursuing competitive employment in the community. The program aims to bolster Veterans’ confidence and self-esteem by assisting with vocational assessments, job searches, interview skills and job development. Veterans are provided with support services before and after job placement, referrals to VA and community supplementary services, and information on how work may impact benefits they are currently receiving. The CBES Program serves Veterans with a variety of barriers to employment, including medical and/or mental health disorders, homelessness, and other obstacles.
Homeless Veteran Supported Employment is a therapeutic work program for homeless veterans, with monetary incentives derived from direct employment in the community and paid by the employer. Ongoing support by vocational rehabilitation specialists are provided in a number of areas including assistance with job skill analysis, resume development, marketing techniques, and may also include referral to other agencies and services as may be required by the veteran.
How do I access Vocational Rehabilitation Services?
Veterans interested in assistance from VRS programs should request a consult to VRS from their Mental Health Provider at the Mann-Grandstaff VAMC in Spokane, WA. The provider will ensure work readiness and issue a clearance for work.
A Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist will then contact the veteran and develop a plan of care coordinating with other health care providers designed to assist the veteran in overcoming existing barriers to employment.
Employers may also contact the VRS program directly for opportunities to hire a qualified Veteran.
Program Goals include improving the following: Employment, financial responsibility, self-esteem, social interaction, and quality of life.
Success story: Here is an article about one of our graduates from the Transitional Work program here at MGVAMC.
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