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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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Freedom of Speech—5 Documentaries that Celebrate The Right

As Independence Day draws closer we’re pausing to reflect on every freedom we enjoy as Americans. Among the treasured liberties we’re celebrating this July 4th is the freedom of speech, which helps us spark dialogue about how to make our great nation even greater.

For example, documentaries are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s cinemas and film festivals. Perhaps that’s because Americans are more interested in exercising free speech. Regardless of their subject matter, documentaries ignite conversation among viewers. And even as opinions differ about the content in the documentaries we’ve listed below, we can all agree on one thing. Exercising our right to raise questions and offer solutions is an important cultural and political exchange. And on this Fourth of July week we’re especially grateful for that freedom.

Here’s our list of five recent documentaries that put Americans’ freedom of speech to work.

Food, Inc.
Food, Inc. has changed the mindset of many now converted vegetarians and over-trusting grocery shoppers. By exposing the environmental effects, health consequences and maltreatment of animals, Food, Inc. has opened the eyes of many Americans about what they eat.

Supersize Me
This 2004 American documentary followed the day-to-day activities of Morgan Spurlock as he adopted a McDonald’s-only diet. The independent documentary helped expose the epidemic of obesity spurring from increased consumption of fast food in America.

An Inconvenient Truth
Accredited for starting an international discussion about the importance of being good environmental stewards, An Inconvenient Truth lays bare Al Gore’s theories on climate change. Despite spawning controversy in many education boards, science teachers across the country played the video for their students.

Fahrenheit 9/11
Investigative journalist Michael Moore created the documentary Fahrenheit 911 after he suspected deceit on Capitol Hill after the September 11th tragedy. Moore sought hidden governmental agendas concerning the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
The 2005 documentary, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, highlights one of the United State’s biggest business scandals. The award-winning crime story was well received by many business leaders. It emphasizes the importance of business ethics to countless business students in classrooms across the United States.

We can’t all agree on the value or verity of each of these documentaries. That why they’re important examples of our freedom of speech. Differing opinions and ideals at odds help our nation create solutions to its most pressing problems. We hope that on Independence Day you’ll include the freedom to speak your mind in your list of American rights you’re thankful for—and use it.

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