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New 3-year accreditation awarded in June, 2019
For Immediate Release Media Contact
Director of Development
BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION
Wichita, Kan., June 12, 2019 – Breakthrough Clubhouse, a pre-vocational program of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services, received a three-year accreditation in May as an affiliate of the Clubhouse International, an organization that develops Clubhouses around the world. The recognition is significant, as it points to a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence. Accreditation is awarded to Clubhouses that adhere to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, providing opportunities for Clubhouse members to find employment, go to school, build meaningful relationships and live healthy lifestyles.
The process is a rigorous one - both evaluative and consultative. It includes a clubhouse self-study, site visit, dialogs regarding Clubhouse leadership and improvement opportunities, and a written report.
The accreditation process is conducted by members of the Clubhouse International faculty for Clubhouse Development. The final report noted, “Members have a strong sense of pride and ownership in the Clubhouse, there’s a strong culture of employment and an extremely active advocacy with the Kansas State Legislature which is resulting in solid support of Clubhouses in other parts of Kansas.” David Kapten, Program Director for Breakthrough Clubhouse added, “This is an empowering program that supports self-directed recovery. Each member of the Clubhouse is needed and wanted.”
Clubhouses are local community centers that provide members with opportunities to build long-term relationships that, in turn, support them in obtaining employment, education and housing, including:
• a work-ordered day in which the talents and abilities of members are recognized and utilized within the Clubhouse;
• participation in consensus-based decision making regarding all important matters relating to the running of the Clubhouse;
• Opportunities to obtain paid employment in the local labor market through a Clubhouse-created Transitional Employment Program. In addition, members participate in Clubhouse-supported and independent programs;
• assistance in accessing community-based educational resources;
• access to crisis intervention services when needed, and;
• Evening/weekend social and recreational events.
About Breakthrough Clubhouse
The Clubhouse Model is a unique program serving 386 people with mental illness in 2018. It’s one of four primary programs of Breakthrough/Episcopal Social Services. Breakthrough has been an accredited Clubhouse since 1997 and continues to be the only one in Kansas. Clubhouses are a powerful demonstration that people with mental illness can and do lead normal, productive lives.
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