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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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Add Something New to Your Daily Routine

We all have a morning ritual. As part of it, maybe you think of what you need to accomplish at work or errands that you need to run. Consider adding something new to your daily routine. Think about one way to help someone today. If you strive to do at least one nice thing for someone each day, think of all the good you can bring to the world. Here are a few easy ways you can help.

Home Cooked Meal
Everyone likes a warm, home cooked meal, but there are those that don’t get to enjoy one. Spend some time with an elderly relative or neighbor over a hearty meal. Or if you don’t have time to cook, head to a soup kitchen and serve.

While you probably can’t volunteer on a daily basis, you can easily spend a couple hours a week with your favorite nonprofit. Just find a way you can volunteer on a regular basis and it will easily become one of the highlights of your week.

Spontaneous Giving
While planning how to help someone is great, the most rewarding could be the opportunities you don’t expect. You may just happen to be in the right place at the right time when someone could use your help. Take advantage of these opportunities.

Spread the Word
Now that you’re doing something nice for others, why not try to get others to do the same. Use Facebook and Twitter or start a blog to highlight how you helped someone each day. Your friends might become inspired by your actions and how easy it is to help someone else.

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