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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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Practice Tolerance This Holiday Season

The holiday season has arrived, and along with it can come added stress that only comes this time of year. Whether you’re hosting the annual holiday get-together or packing for a long trip, each occasion can throw you out of your element. But try to remember the true reason for the season this holiday. Use the first week of December, National Tolerance Week, as a reminder to help make the world a better place by always demonstrating tolerance. It’ll help make you more aware of issues in our everyday lives, and to be more tolerable of others in the future.

Tolerate Actions
We all go through crazy times where we feel like we’re losing our minds. Maybe you lost your keys and found them in the fridge. Or maybe you completely forgot that you had started the washing machine and you left your laundry sitting for hours. Just like we go through some crazy times, so does everyone else. You never know what others can be going through, so show some tolerance when they make you mad with their forgetfulness or when they do something that you don’t agree with. They will be grateful for your tolerance toward their actions, and hopefully show some tolerance toward you in return.

Tolerate Change
Change is never an easy concept to accept. But change is something that oftentimes you have no control over. This year, if your sister was asked to host the holidays instead of you, or if your holiday traditions are changing, it can be a tough concept to swallow. But just remember that change isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Take this concept with you after the holidays, and always remember that without change there would be no opportunity to improve. You can make a difference by changing something in your life that you’re passionate about.

Tolerate Ideas
If everybody agreed on every concept we would live in a dull world. You’ve been hearing for years that everybody is entitled to his or her opinions, and they are. Just because the idea is new to you doesn’t mean it‘s wrong. But it also doesn’t mean that you have to take their side. Sometimes it’s better to just agree to disagree. By tolerating other’s ideas, you are helping pave the way to a more accepting and loving world. So open up your mind to new ideas this season to help make the world a better place.

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