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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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Planning a Gap Year? Make it Count.

Your senior year just started. Do you know what you’re going to do after graduation? It’s probably come up more than once in conversation. If you’re not ready for college, maybe a gap year is for you.

A gap year is that year break after finishing high school, prior to starting college. There are many programs designed to keep you learning about yourself while you’re still contemplating your options. These programs offer a number of opportunities to explore and gain valuable experience to take you into a more fulfilling college career.

Projects Abroad. With no set start or end dates, you can create your own schedule and destination. Projects Abroad has in-country staff and has placed over 25,000 volunteers throughout the world since 1997. They ensure you have host families and three meals a day.

LeapNow. This 9-month program combines education in the form of language, service and cultural immersion in India or South America. LeapNow includes a formal Rite of Passage that also involves the parents and a return home mid year for additional education opportunities.

AmeriCorps. Each year, AmeriCorps offers over 75,000 volunteer opportunities both in the United States and abroad. With several programs and varying time commitments in a number of areas of service, you’re sure to find a fit.

If you’re not into traveling abroad, there are plenty of local volunteer programs that will provide ample opportunity to grow while making a difference in your community.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way