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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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August is a Month to Celebrate

We turn our calendars to August and we realize summer is nearing an end. Soon, children will be hitting the books, leaves will be under our feet and tailgates will be the weekend norm. Before the entire month slips away, consider celebrating a few of these August holidays with family and friends.

Happiness Happens Month
Happiness seems to be a moving target in our lives. But at the end of the day, most people report that good health, functioning relationships and satisfaction with how they spend their time, often associated with their work are the keys to happiness. Some may say that happiness happens when you’re having fun. So take time this month to recognize when you’re having fun. Plan happiness events with family and friends; and even take it the office. This can make you physically and mentally healthier. Volunteering can also provide opportunities for happiness to happen.

National Farmers’ Market Week
There are thousands of Farmers’ Markets across the nation and most offer locally grown fruits, vegetables and other handcrafted items. While you should visit your local farmers’ market frequently to get the freshest seasonal foods, August 7-13 is National Farmers’ Market Week so make sure you are getting out and enjoying the weather, company of others and the freshest food around.

World Humanitarian Day
The United Nations designated August 19 as World Humanitarian Day in 2008. The day recognizes the humanitarian needs worldwide and the need for cooperation internationally. The UN wanted a public way to explain what humanitarian aid work entails and remember those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service. You can observe the day in numerous ways including contacting public officials to show support and organizing or attending public events featuring humanitarian work.

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