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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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Family Time and National Adoption Month

As soon as we pack our Halloween costumes (and polish off leftover trick-or-treating loot), it’ll be time to tear another page from our calendars. November is nearly here. Come Thursday we’ll welcome the month of Thanksgiving dinners, football games and a world-famous parade. Families will gather in the name of gratitude to share pie and a turkey.

Our parents, our children and our siblings come to mind during November. Thanksgiving is ultimately a family-oriented holiday, so it’s fitting that National Adoption Month shares the same space on our calendars.

According to the Adoption Institute, roughly 60% of Americans are personally connected to adoption in some way. They may be adopted, or they could have an adopted child or sibling. Americans also personally experience adoption through close friends who adopt or have been adopted.

Adoption On Paper
Adoption is a benchmark of America’s altruistic culture. Yet the number of adoptions by unrelated adults (which peaked in the 1970s) has declined significantly. According to the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 1992 was the last year reliable adoption statistics were collected. That year there were nearly 127,000 adoptions in the U.S (contrasting the 175,000 American adoptions reported in 1970).

A variety of political, social and economic reasons cause adoption numbers to ebb and flow. Regardless of how many people adopt each year, shaping a community culture that’s more open to adoption is a worthy goal. Here are our thoughts for raising awareness—and promoting openness—during National Adoption Month.

Starting Points
Maybe you want to begin with your personal awareness of adoption. For example, what language do you use to describe families? Labeling birth families as “real” or “natural,” for instance, can be exclusive. Addressing any ideas (which we may not notice at first) that could hinder a welcoming attitude toward adopted people and adoptive families is an important first step.

So educate yourself about the adoptive experience, especially if you don’t have a personal connection to it. Some forget, for instance, that people adopted from foreign countries can’t be expected to be cultural experts on their birth nation. Also, did you know that some adoptive families celebrate Gotcha Day (the date the child joined the family) along with the child's actual birthday?

Outward Thinking
After reflecting on how you view adoption, help others expand their views as well. For example, you could host a baby shower for a friend who’s adopting a child. Or consider donating to an organization that supports adopted children and their families. You could even become a foster parent.

At the end of November virtually every American will celebrate Thanksgiving—and most will spend it with their families. As November is also National Adoption month, this is your opportunity to share your ideas about the significance of family and especially the gift of adoption.

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