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Vocational Services

Siskin Hospital's Vocational Services Department

Vocational rehabilitation services at Siskin Hospital are offered to anyone with a disability who lives in the Greater Chattanooga or North Georgia area.


Vocational rehabilitation services provide a crucial link in the continuum of physical rehabilitation, helping individuals return to a productive, meaningful life in the community and workforce. As a final step toward independence, individuals find pride and a sense of purpose in returning to work and to independent living skills through participating in the programs provided through the Vocational Services Department. Services provided are:

  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Community Re-entry Services Program
  • Pre-vocational Skills Training Program
  • Supported Employment Program
  • Travel Training Program
For more information about the Vocational Services Department at Siskin Hospital, call 423.634.1635 or 423.634.1537.

Vocational Evaluation

The Vocational Evaluation at Siskin Hospital is intended to assess an individual's potential to return to work following disability. The vocational evaluation assesses an individual's:

  • Aptitudes
  • Achievements
  • Abilities and limitations (physical and cognitive)
  • Interests
  • Transferable skills
  • Obstacles to employment
  • Projected time period for therapeutic intervention
  • Functional abilities in a simulated work environment

It is highly recommended that the vocational evaluator at Siskin Hospital complete a vocational evaluation before any other services are provided.  The vocational evaluation can help determine which of the programs offered by the Vocational Services Department would best suit the individual's needs. 


Community Re-entry Services Program

The Community Re-entry Services (CRS) Program at Siskin Hospital provides treatment that leads to paid employment and independent living skills for clients with a brain injury or other neurological impairment who are ready to enter the competitive workforce and the community.

The CRS Program is a day treatment program and is usually a stepping stone for pre-employment activities.  After completion of the CRS Program, the client is usually transitioned into the Supported Employment Program (described in more detail below).  Currently, the CRS Program operates Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please note that this is subject to change depending on activities available in the community and the individual's volunteer/work schedule.

A client's length of time in the CRS Program is dependent upon the client's progress and input from the vocational rehabilitation team. However, the average length of stay is from six to nine months. 

Criteria for eligibility into the CRS Program includes:

  • 18 years of age or older (or completed high school)
  • Diagnosis of a brain injury, including acquired or traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other neurological impairments
  • Free from active substance abuse problems
  • Independent in mobility, eating, and toileting
  • An expressed desire to enter/re-enter the competitive workforce


​Some of the services provided in the CRS Program include:

  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Behavior Modification
  • Leisure and Community-based Activities
  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Work Readiness Skills Training
  • Volunteer Worksite Training

Pre-vocational Skills Training Program

The Pre-vocational Skills Training (PST) Program provides one-on-one counseling to address job readiness, job search, and job placement activities for individuals with orthopedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, Asperger’s Syndrome, and developmental disabilities (not covered under the Medicaid waiver).  Emphasis is on participation in a volunteer job(s) to assess work behaviors/skills and gain recent job experience that can lead to competitive employment.  After completion of the PST Program, the client is usually transitioned into the Supported Employment Program (described in more detail below). 

Criteria for eligibility into the PST Program includes:

  • 18 years of age or older (or completed high school)
  • Free from active substance abuse problems
  • Independent in mobility, eating, and toileting
  • An expressed desire to enter/re-enter the competitive workforce

Supported Employment Program

The Supported Employment Program at Siskin Hospital provides clients with disabilities who have successfully completed the CRS or PST Program the assistance required to find, keep, and be successful in paid employment.

The Supported Employment Program assists clients to reach their goal of returning to work by providing:

  • Career counseling
  • Resume development
  • Application completion assistance
  • Job search/job placement assistance
  • Assistance with assessments given by employers
  • On-the-job performance evaluations
  • Identification of reasonable accommodations
  • Job coaching at the worksite
  • Job retention counseling

Extended follow-along services (counseling and/or job coaching with the client at the job for 120 days after employment. Longer time can be provided if needed.)


Travel Training Program

The Travel Training Program at Siskin Hospital equips individuals who have disabilities with the skills to travel independently on public transportation in the Chattanooga area. The Travel Training Program is a one-on-one, individualized free service available to all persons with a disability or anyone who is over the age of 65.

The program is a partnership between Siskin Hospital and Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA). For more information about the Travel Training Program, please call 423.634.1576 or email vpowell@siskinrehab.org.


Charity Care and Donation

To alleviate the cost of vocational rehabilitation services, Siskin Hospital accepts donations specifically designated for the Vocational Services Department.

Find out how you can make a difference in the lives of individuals in need of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.