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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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Finding a Nonprofit Board

Serving on a nonprofit board is great leadership experience. Plus you have the chance to support a cause you believe in. Chances are there is a board out there where you could be a perfect fit. But don’t jump onto the first board you find. If you’re not a right fit, the nonprofit could suffer and you could end up having a bad time. Read on to learn how you can find a perfect match and serve on a nonprofit board where you can make a difference.

Find Your Niche
It may be all about the nonprofit, but you have to consider yourself. First, take time to figure out what you want out of your board member experience. Think about the skills you have to contribute or ones you want to hone. Find out about meetings, responsibilities and time commitments by talking to friends and board members. That way you’ll know if what you want matches up with what they’re looking for.

Go Directly to the Top
Like most people, executive directs can’t tell what’s on your mind. You have to express your interest after you’ve narrowed your search for a nonprofit board. Get in contact with board members and the executive directors to let them know you have an interest in being on their board. There may not be a position open at this time, but now your name is on their radar when a position that matches your skills opens up.

Eliminate the Wait
Nobody has ever gotten something they wanted by sitting around and waiting for it to fall into their arms. So go out and look for openings that may be available right now. You’re your availability in LinkedIn and on your Facebook page. Search online for sites like boardnetUSA, which help individuals find a nonprofit board that needs members. Services like these will eliminate the waiting game and match you to a nonprofit board that needs assistance and matches your needs.

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