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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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Spread the Wellness Cheer

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work, running errands and balancing everything else on our plates. Sometimes we get so caught up in the stress of our lives that we forget to stop and take time for ourselves. Luckily, October gives us a chance to slow down to recognize emotional wellness month. But why stop at just our emotional wellness? Here are some tips to spread the emotional wellness cheer this October.

Volunteer Your Time
Nothing feels better than volunteering your time to help others. In honor of emotional wellness month, pick a special organization that you can help out. Not only will it help take your mind off of the millions of things going on in your own life, it will give you a different perspective of the organization you choose. Volunteering can help you gain a better understanding the organization and why you’re helping. This is a great way to get to know people in your community and enjoy fellowship while helping a good cause.

Random Acts of Kindness
Sometimes one of the most fulfilling tasks we can do involves no recognition. Doing the unexpected without gaining anything in return can be a liberating experience. Next time you go through a drive-thru, pay for the car behind you and drive away. They’ll never know who you were but they will remember that you made their day. Or if there is litter all over your local park, take time to go clean it up and others will appreciate the act and maybe be inclined to do the same in the future. Still don’t have any ideas? Search online for acts of kindness that others have performed. After reading what others have done, you too will be inspired to make a difference for the emotional wellness of others.

Make a Day Bright by Showing Your Whites
There’s one in every office. That guy who walks around with a permanent scowl on his face. Or maybe you pass the same woman on the street every day that looks like she is always angry. The concept is so simple, yet so many people fail at correcting those people who seem to bring the rest of the world down. Pull out your secret weapon—those pearly whites. Many people underestimate the value of flashing a smile to others with genuine sincerity. They say laughter is infectious, and so is smiling. You could turn around somebody’s day without even realizing the impact you’ve made. So show off your whites and you’re sure to get some in return.

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