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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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Pay it Forward and Change the World

Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote a novel in 2000 that changed the world. In her novel, Pay It Forward, a 12 year-old boy was given an extra credit opportunity in his Social Studies class. The assignment: to create a plan that would change society. The boy presents a simple idea that he does a good deed for three other people, and instead of them returning the favor to him, he tells them to do a good deed for three other people.

From this novel came a movie by the same title and a holiday celebrated this April 28, Pay It Forward Day. Make a goal to pay it forward three times this week. Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Remember, the gesture doesn’t need to be grand to make a difference.

Frequent flyer family
If you’ve racked up your fair share of frequent flyer miles, why not give those to someone who needs to visit their family?

There is a free lunch
When you go out for lunch today, why not invite a less-fortunate person and pay for their meal? If it makes you uncomfortable to dine with a stranger, look for a table in the restaurant and anonymously pick up their tab.

The grass is greener
Since you’ve finished mowing your lawn, go ahead and cross the fence to mow your neighbor’s yard. They’ll be surprised when they get home.

Tickets to go
You just found out you won’t be able to use those tickets to the concert, sporting event or theater. Don’t let the tickets go to waste. Give them to someone who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to go. If you can’t think of anyone, call the ticket office and let them give the tickets to an unsuspecting guest.

Oftentimes, pay it forward moments are better received if done anonymously and unexpectedly. But be sure to leave a note to tell the recipient to pay it forward. Your three good deeds could change the world.

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