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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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Naughty or Nice? Ideas to Get on the Good Side this Holiday Season

“He’s making a list, checking twice; gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.” You’ve probably already heard this song a time or two this holiday season. While “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” may be an attempt to convince children to behave, it can also be a reminder for all of us. It’s not too late to get on Santa’s nice list. Here are a few ideas for how you can do some good this holiday season.

It’s nice to be neighborly.
Not everyone has the mobility to get out and shop. Offer to help an elderly neighbor or relative by doing their gift shopping. Grab the ingredients for one of your family’s traditional recipes, get together and learn the inside secrets from your elders for preparing the special holiday treats. You’re sure to get a gift by spending some quality time and learning some family history.

It’s nice to be random.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it seems that so many are looking out for themselves. You hear of people fighting over the last must-have gifts. Take some time for the little things. Hold the door for the next person to enter. Let someone go ahead of you in line. Say please and thank you. Share a compliment. These random acts of kindness will make a big difference and make you feel better too.

It’s nice to be giving.
Make this the holiday season that you pick up an extra gift to give to someone less fortunate. So many organizations have programs right at the register that make it easy to give a small gift to a child who would otherwise have nothing to open.

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