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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    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.  

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  • 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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New Year Means The Time is Now

It can seem like New Year’s resolutions are made just to be broken. And sure, you always had good intentions. But about midway through January, it seems like you always forget about your resolution. Or maybe you even turn your back and act like the resolution never existed. But just yesterday, you said you’d achieve your goals tomorrow. Or maybe last month, you said next month. Or even last year, you said next year. Well guess what? Tomorrow’s coming and the New Year is on its way. It’s time to make your big idea a reality. So stop dreaming, and start doing. Here’s how.

Make it Count
You still have time before the New Year to perfect your plans. Giving back is one of the best feelings around, so why not make a plan that can somehow help others? Think about some of the talents that you possess, and some of the things that you’re passionate about. If you need to enlist the help of someone else, the beginning phases of your plans are the time to ask for it. After you’ve evaluated what you’re good at, you’ll know what you can do best and what you might need to work on. Then, it’s time to put your plans into action.

Seek Motivation
Often times, making a plan isn’t the problem. But keeping it and making it happen is another story. And it can be easy to slack off if you don’t let anyone in on your resolutions. Find somebody that you trust to tell them about your plans. Since someone else knows, you should feel obligated to keep up on your goals. They can check in with you and make sure that you’re on track to helping others and making your ideas count.

Set Deadlines
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and although your goals might not be as lofty as building an entire city, that doesn’t make them any less important. And just like you’ve set your goals, you need to set a timeline to complete them. Start out with small deadlines, such as making an outline of your plans. Then it’s time to start thinking bigger. Try to assess realistic deadlines so that you don’t have to break them in the future. The more deadlines you set and achieve, the better you’ll feel about your resolution.

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way