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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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Make Your Smiles Worthwhile

With warmer weather and summer daydreaming, it’s easy to fall into a slump this time of year. Maybe lately you’ve been feeling down, overworked or even under appreciated. We all have those days, but a few smiles and jokes could turn around your day in no time. Not only is April considered National Humor Month, but the first week of April is also Laugh at Work Week. So this month, instead of getting down about those April showers, shower your friends, family and employees with some extra humor. You’d be surprised at how far some extra smiles can go in making somebody’s day, and you never know the impact it will have on other people’s lives.

A Laughing Affair to Show You Care
To help get the laughs going, round up your friends or co-workers and host a comedy night. You don’t have to be a comedian to get some laughs from a room full of the people you know and love. Maybe you have a few talented and funny comedic friends, or maybe you’ll all stand up and simply make fools of yourselves. But either way, you’re guaranteed to get some laughs, and you’re all in it together. And if nobody is willing to take one for the team, you could always host an up-and-coming comedian at your gathering for little cost and just as many laughs. Turn the event into a fundraiser, so that you can give others something to smile about.

Joke’s on You
Never underestimate the power of a good-natured joke that you can play on the people in your lives. You’d be surprised at how much a simple smile can turn around somebody’s day. If you’re not much of a prankster, search online for some harmless jokes that will provoke a smile from even your toughest critics to crack. If all else fails, send them a funny email or an inside joke that reminds you of them. Not only will it brighten both of your days, but also it turns out that laughter is good for your health. Just by increasing the amount of laughs in your day, your body will release more endorphins, or those good hormones. Not to mention all of those other great benefits, like relaxed muscles, low blood pressure and laughter is even a stress reducer. By being the joke giver, you’re helping others out in more ways than one. You’ll feel great from sharing in the laughter, as well as knowing that you helped others in so many ways.

Volunteer to Spread More Cheer
If you’ve got plenty to smile about in your life, it’s time to help others feel the same way. There are plenty of ways that you can get involved both locally and beyond with helping others. Hospitals are always looking for volunteers to help spread some cheer to patients who may be in the most need. This would be a great opportunity to get your kids involved with volunteering, and starting them young will help improve the likelihood that they will get involved in the future. If you have a favorite nonprofit organization, volunteering your time is always a sure way to put a smile on other’s faces. Your time will be appreciated and you can smile knowing that you helped.

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