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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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Help Kids Reach Their Full Potential

Margot Rutledge founded Kids Win in 2004 with the goal of helping adults convey to kids their value and help them achieve their goals. True to the mission, her 14 year-old son, Luke came up with the tagline, “Think it. Live it.” May 2-8 is Kids Win Week that encourages adults to help a child win by showing they are capable of achieving. Here are some ways to help a kid this week.

Find Strength
Every child has talents. Strengths can range from a skill or a personality trait. Focus on finding ways to capitalize on those strengths. In the proper environment, your kid will flourish.

Set Goals
The first step to accomplish goals is to set them. Help your children come up with some goals they’d like to attain and then ask them how they plan to accomplish those goals. Help them keep track of their progress and celebrate when they achieve their goals.

TV Timeout
Shut of the television this week. Get the kids outside. Have them read a book or volunteer for a nonprofit. Alternative activities will help your child develop creativity and become a well-rounded person. You don’t want your child to grow up to be a professional coach potato, so help them find what inspires them.

A kid must believe that you believe in them, and you must believe in them so they can reach their full potential. So go out and make a difference in a child’s life this week.

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    35th Anniversary
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    United Way