The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the IT and CWT programs
that provide therapeutic and rehabilitative services to eligible veterans with mental
illness who are unable to work and support themselves. A physician’s prescription
is necessary to participate in the program, which is supervised by medical personnel.
The VA distributes payments to participants for the therapeutic work performed under
the IT and CWT programs, e.g., CWT Veterans’ Construction Team, from The Department
of Veterans Affairs Special Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Activities Fund (the Fund).
EXCEPTION: Participants in the supported employment (SE) phase of the CWT program work for
local community employers and are paid directly by the employer.