Vocational Rehabilitation - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Vocational Rehabilitation

“Work Is Recovery”

Coronavirus:  As a COVID-19 safety measure, all transitional work for pay Veterans require medical clearance by their Primary Care Provider before being assigned to work activities in the Vocational Rehabilitation Section.

Program Mission

Vocational Rehabilitation is committed to assisting Veterans with psychiatric or physical disabilities reach their highest level of vocational productivity.

Program Goals

  • Provide structured vocational evaluations
  • Improve pre-vocational skills including:
       - Adhering to a work schedule
       - Working cooperatively with others
       - Accepting supervision and doing quality work
  • Reduce psychiatric and physical symptoms
  • Increase relapse prevention skills
  • Improve self-esteem and enhance quality of life
  • Return Veterans to competitive employment

    Programs to Assist Veterans

    Enriched Transitional Work (TW): An employment model that uses time limited, wage paying work assignments that combine real work skills development and supportive services to Veterans, so they can transition to, and are successful in retaining competitive employment.

    Supported Employment (SE): A recovery-oriented model that assists Veterans with severe mental illness (Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Psychosis, and Polytrauma) obtain and maintain competitive employment in the community within an integrated setting.

    Community Based Employment Services (CBES): Provides vocational services to Veterans who have a history of sporadic employment, difficulty maintaining a job, difficulty initiating and following through on their job search, and are not able to obtain competitive work independently.

    Contact Info


    • Building 100

    Contact Number(s)

    • 713-791-1414 Ext. 24449

    Hours of Operation

    • Monday-Friday
      7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.