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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 


    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.  


  • Mental Health Funding for certified Clubhouses as identified and funded by the Lottery Vending Machine legislation that became law in 2018.

  • Drawing from our history, our new name is "Breakthrough."

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Go to your happy place

Do you like where you live? Think about your likes and dislikes. Now consider how those factors are affecting your happiness. Living in a happy community may just put a smile on your face. See how your town stacks up against these factors.

Service to others is the rent you pay.
Being engaged in your community increases your happiness. Get to know your neighbors. Get some quality time with your family and friends. Connect with other members of your community. If you feel your work and commute don’t take away from quality time with family and friends, you’re in the right place. Additionally, being able to get help or to help others is a major factor to happiness. A 2005 Time Magazine poll shows that 75% of Americans point to volunteering as a major source of happiness. Include family and friends in your volunteer activities and you’re building a community you can call home.

Stop and smell the roses.
A good community takes care of themselves. You’ve got your basics covered—clean air, low traffic noise and general cleanliness. Add access to parks, playgrounds, trails, bodies of water, wilderness and other geographical wonders and you have a great community. You can do your part by recycling and helping to preserve natural spaces. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise while you’re at it. Physical activity produces those happiness-producing endorphins your body craves.

The groundwork of happiness.
A healthy body is a happy one. A good community provides access to comprehensive healthcare and offers good food options such as healthy restaurants, farmers’ markets and community gardens. There should be plenty of opportunities for physical activity including sports leagues for all ages.

Cultivating the mind produces good fruit.
A well-rounded community provides exercise for the mind. If your community has options for artistic endeavors to explore creatively and challenge your thinking, your brain has plenty to explore. Additionally, exposure to other cultural traditions, religions, strong community traditions and entertainment options will put you on the path to happiness.

Where there is no vision.
Surprisingly the way your community is organized could be affecting your happiness. Cities that invest in urban design are better suited for knowing your neighbors. Strong local government, excellent education, good employment opportunities and quality of living standards help your community prosper.

Of course there is no perfect place to live. Much of what makes a person happy is their decision to be just that—happy. But hopefully your place brings a smile to your face when you’re longing for home.

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