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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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American Flag Etiquette for Independence and Every Day

The flag, commonly known as the Stars and Stripes, is one of the most recognizable symbols of the United States of America. The first flag was adopted on June 14, 1777 and featured 13 alternating red and white stripes to represent the 13 colonies and a field of blue, referred to as the “union,” in the upper left corner. Thirteen stars, in a circular shape, adorned the blue. Since then, there have been 38 versions of the flag with the latest being adopted on July 4, 1960 after Hawaii became a state.

Because the flag is such a strong symbol of our nation, many rules of etiquette have been adopted. As you display your flag in celebration of our nation’s independence, consider these rules:

  • No other flag should be placed above the American flag.
  • The U.S. flag should always be the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.
  • When raising the flag, do it briskly, but lower it slowly and ceremoniously.
  • The flag should never be displayed after dusk unless illuminated.
  • Only the President of the United States or a state governor within a state can order the flag to be flown at half-staff.
  • The flag should never be displayed with the union down unless you want to warn of extreme danger or distress.
  • Never bunch up the flag, instead use bunting designed for that purpose.
  • Rather than using the flag as part of a costume or uniform, incorporate a flag patch, especially on uniforms of the military, fire fighters, the police department and members of other patriotic organizations.
  • Display or store the flag in such a way as to not allow it to be torn, soiled or damaged.
  • Never step on the flag or use it as a rug.
  • The flag should never touch anything beneath it, but contrary to urban legend, the flag code does not require that a flag be burned if it touches the ground.
  • Flags that are damaged and can no longer serve as a symbol of our nation should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.

There are many other rules and rituals that are outlined in the U.S. Flag Code. These guidelines have been adopted to protect a symbol that represents our nation. As we celebrate our nation’s independence today, may we be reminded of the words of our Pledge of Allegiance, “…with liberty and justice for all.”

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