What is a Clubhouse?
The idea behind the Clubhouse is that everybody is equal, sharing equal responsibility for the day to day functioning of the Clubhouse. This is different than most rehabilitation programs because the members are working through their mental illness with the support of staff and others who are experiencing the same difficulties.
Fountain House, the first Clubhouse, defines a Clubhouse this way: "A Clubhouse is committed to helping people with mental illness stay out of hospitals while achieving educational, financial and vocational goals. Responsibility for operation of the Clubhouse lies with the members and staff, who are engaged in all aspects of Clubhouse operation." It's our hope that when our members come on a daily, weekly or monthly basis that they feel personally invested their recovery and in helping others recover.
How are people referred to Breakthrough?
People are referred to Breakthrough through COMCARE, their psychiatrist or other mental health agencies, family doctors, friends, and family. When an individual has interest in becoming a member, he or she is welcome to stop by our location anytime we are open to get a tour from a member and an application.
Breakthrough Club Member Criteria
1) Applicant must be diagnosed with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
2) Pass Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and National criminal background check with no history of violence against other people.
3) Individuals diagnosed with the following disability may not be eligible:
1. Mental Retardation
2. Traumatic Brain Injury
3. Antisocial Personality Disorder
If you have any questions, please contact David Kapten, firstname.lastname@example.org. (316) 269-2534 ex. 162.