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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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Take One Small Step to Celebrate Universal Human Beings Week

When was the last time you stopped and talked to your neighbors down the street? How about a fellow employee in a different department? This is the week to reach beyond your comfort zone to benefit the greater good. The small gestures to get to know those among you are a small step in the vision of Universal Human Beings Week celebrated this March 1-7.

The Goal of Universal Human Beings week is to get people to look outside their traditional groups and reach out to the rest of the world to form a global village. The International Society of Friendship and Good Will created the observance as a way to promote peace and friendship over material wealth.

Founder Dr. Stanley J. Drake envisioned an international group that would foster international understanding, friendship, good will, peace and better human relations. The Society was born on March 8, 1978 and today sponsors 22 events and observances, including: Celebration of Life Week (January 1-7), Peace, Friendship and Good Will Week (October 25-31) and Universal Human Rights Month (December).

So while it may be overwhelming to celebrate the international intention of the week, you can start by finding out more about the people in your neighborhood, office and community coffee shop. Ask them about their culture, family and their personal history to gain a better understanding of those different from you. By celebrating this week, you’ll discover the similarities in your differences and just maybe continue the goodwill throughout the year.

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