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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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Self Improvement is Key to Help Others

Wanting to help others is a great goal—but not so fast. You’re forgetting an important somebody. Before you get there, you have to start with someone you know and love— yourself. That’s right, the person staring back in the mirror is the first person you should attempt to help. Lucky for you, September is Self Improvement Month. And by taking small steps toward being happy with the way you live, you’ll be able to help others in the same way. Here are some tips for you to make an improvement, no matter how big or small. It all starts with you. So, get out there.

Take Note
First things first. How do you want to improve yourself? After you’ve asked that question, write it down. There’s something about letting all of your thoughts flow onto the paper that makes them more real. And once you have a list of improvements you’d like to make, it’s time to put those plans to work. Your list could contain plans to do something you’ve always dreamed of, plans to be better organized or even plans to quit a bad habit. Evaluate your list and set a timeline. Because of a time constraint, you’ll be more likely to follow through with what you have planned.

Down Time is Your Friend
Improving yourself takes work. But that doesn’t mean you have to constantly be on the go. Rest and relaxation are rare in the fast-paced world we know and love. Cut something out of your busy schedule that you can afford to lose. Instead, replace it with something you love. That could mean your favorite hobby, picking up a book or even sitting down for a few minutes. This little break from the normal chaos will help you get in touch with happiness.

Be a Role Model
Everybody had that person in his or her life. Maybe it was a parent, someone famous or an athlete. You looked up to them. When people seek help in any sort of way, they are looking for somebody that can be an example. Whether you’re helping a neighbor, volunteering at a nonprofit or mentoring youth, you should be the person that they look up to for advice and help. So before you help them, help yourself succeed. You’ll be glad you took that time.

A Deed A Day Keeps the Improvement Raised
Surprise! You can help others while improving upon yourself. The truth is, volunteering or doing good deeds is not only great for your morale, but it’s also great for those you’re helping. It’s a win-win situation. So make a goal to do at least one good deed a day. It could be helping a neighbor, brightening a co-worker's day or doing something small for a complete stranger. It doesn’t matter the magnitude of your contribution, because every little deed helps.

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