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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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Herzlich Tackles Cancer

“There are turning points in everyone’s life for good or for bad,” Mark Herzlich wrote in an article titled “Turning Points.” Saturday, September 4 was probably one of those good points. Herzlich, once considered a first-round NFL draft pick and 2008 ACC Defensive Player of the year as an All-American linebacker for Boston College, emerged from the tunnels alongside his teammates in full uniform for the first time in 21 months.

Last Saturday Herzlich posted five tackles in 31 plays, three of them unassisted. Not staggering stats for the best linebacker in college football. But the significance of those numbers lies in the story beyond the stats. After a doctor’s visit in May 2009, due to a pain in his leg, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Throughout his extensive radiation and chemotherapy, Herzlich managed to keep a lot of his strength and on September 29, 2009 he was cancer free. This type of recovery may have come from his determination and inspiration from his father.

Herzlich has recounted the story a number of times. It was his freshman year in high school when his father had a heart-to-heart about his passion for playing football.

“[My father never told me] that he wouldn’t be there if I didn’t become the best linebacker in the nation. He simply told me that he wouldn’t come watch me do something that I didn’t love to do,” Herzlich wrote.

“I have kept this message in mind. I am proud of the person I am. I am proud of the people I have made my friends and I am proud of my family,” Herzlich wrote.

To date, Herlich has managed to raise over $200 thousand for cancer research and has given thousands to the Sarcoma Foundation. You can’t help but cheer for Herzlich and all those that manage to beat cancer.

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way