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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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Make a New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep

With the New Year right around the corner, many of us may be thinking about our resolutions for 2011. Common New Year’s Resolutions range from losing weight and eating right to reducing stress and finding a better job. The average resolution lasts 72 hours or less, so by January 3 we’re back to our old ways. Your New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be grandiose to make 2011 a great year. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Get more Z’s.
Sleep may be one of the most important things a person needs. Yet, according to research done by the CDC, 70 percent of adults don’t get the sleep they need. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. If you’re one of those not getting enough sleep, find out what contributes to your lack of sleep. Working on the computer and watching TV right before bed can be a culprit.

Give blood.
A pint of blood can save three lives. If you don’t fear the needle, donating blood is one of the easiest ways to give. It takes less than an hour and you can donate about every 56 days. For a little over six hours a year you’ve saved nearly 17 lives, and one of those may just be your own.

How many sodas do you consume in a day? If you recycle just one can you are saving enough energy to power a TV for three hours. It takes from 80 to 100 years for a can to decompose in a landfill. With the average human producing 4.7 pounds of trash per day, most of it is recyclable or compostable. If you haven’t checked into recycling in a while, companies have made more easy and affordable than ever.

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    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way