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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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Enjoy the Outdoors and Give Future Generations the Same Opportunity

It’s summer so escape the confines of your desk and soak up some sun in the great outdoors. Many take nature’s beauty for granted. This summer, consider being kind to Mother Earth with these difference-making tips.

Get thee to a farmer’s market.
Support your local community when you shop a farmer’s market. You’ll also help reduce transportation costs and gas emissions by buying local. Not only will you purchase a myriad of goods from neighbors, a farmer’s market gives you the opportunity to socialize with friends.

How do you grow your garden?
You don’t have to be an expert to grow your own fruits and vegetables. Gardening is a great way to get some exercise and can be a rewarding family activity. Children will love watching the garden grow through the season. If you don’t have a plot of land, consider renting at a community garden.

Be cool. Plant a tree.
As the temperature soars throughout the summer, so does your electric bill. Planting a tree provides the shade to your house that keeps the inside cooler, giving your AC a break. While you have to wait a few years for it to grow, know that you’re still doing a good thing for the environment.

It rains at dawn.
You want a luscious green lawn for the yard games during the family barbecues. Water your grass at dusk or dawn when evaporation is at the lowest. Additionally, take a look around the house. Technology has made it so we can be more conservative with our water use. Replace showerheads, install water-saving toilets and fix any dripping faucets.

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    35th Anniversary
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