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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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Make a Difference on Earth Day 2011

Earth Day is Friday, April 18 and if you haven’t thought of how you can contribute, here are some ideas that may spark your interest. Don’t forget to encourage family members and co-workers to join in.

At Home
If you have the day off, Earth Day activities give you an opportunity to spend time with your family. Start the day by going on a nature walk. Stay outside and plant a tree in your yard. Volunteer to do some planting in your neighborhood park. Go to an Earth Day event in your community.

Around the house, do some spring cleaning and donate or recycle unwanted items. If you haven’t done so already, replace all of your light bulbs with energy efficient ones. Get serious about recycling. Most recycling companies have made it more convenient by sorting your items and picking them up curbside. Take a look through your garage and find any toxic items that are long overdue for recycling and take them to the appropriate centers.

At the Office
Many of you will spend Earth Day behind your desk, but you can still celebrate. Start the day right with an environmentally friendly commute. Take public transportation, organize a carpool or ride your bike. Use your lunch hour to enjoy the outdoors. Make your lunch from organic foods. Organize a spring cleaning at the office to recycle or donate old office equipment. Step away from the printer and make it an electronic document day.

Regardless of what you decide to do to celebrate Earth Day, attempt to make at least one of your activities a habit. Even one small change can make a tremendous impact on our environment.

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