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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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National Day of Service and Remembrance September 11

It’s been nine years since four hijacked airplanes changed the face of our nation on September 11, 2001. But in the face of disaster, Americans responded with patriotism as neighbors helped neighbors to make sense of the acts of terrorism. The following year, President George signed into law the observance of Patriot Day on September 11.

By 2008, the proclamation was amended by the president to include volunteering as an appropriate form of remembrance, designating September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Therefore Patriot Day should be celebrated with a dual purpose: to commemorate the lives lost as a result of the tragic events and to honor the heroism of those average citizens who gave selflessly in the months following. Here are nine ways to observe Patriot Day this September 11.

1. Fly your flag at half-mast.
2. Observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Time to mark the time of the first plane flying into the World Trade Center.
3. Volunteer at your favorite organization.
4. Organize a neighborhood improvement project to beautify your community.
5. Get a group together and serve at a homeless shelter.
6. Find a cause at to support.
7. Help an elderly neighbor with a project.
8. Make a donation to your favorite charity in honor of one of your heroes.
9. Teach your children the importance of volunteering by getting them involved.

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