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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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Join the World for a Day of Social Justice

Every day, thousands of children across the nation recite the words “liberty and justice for all.” The notion of “justice for all” is tremendous and far-reaching. But unfortunately, there are many people who don’t receive the justice that they deserve.

February 20 marks the day many come together to celebrate World Day of Social Justice. And you can get involved to be the change that you’d like to see in your community. Below are the objectives of the day as well as ways that you can help make a difference. Do good for your community and the society you live in by practicing the following improvements.

Eliminate Poverty
Hunger faces many communities, and sometimes it even disguises itself. Although you can’t single-handedly eliminate hunger, you can take a step in the right direction. Start with your own community. Something as simple as donating canned food items to a food bank can help make a difference in the poverty levels in your community.

Invite a neighbor out to dinner who is struggling to make ends meet. Start a backpack program at a local school that helps send food home with children whose parents can’t afford it on the weekend. Volunteer your time at a local homeless shelter. No matter how you choose to help fight poverty, even the tiniest step is moving in the right direction.

Promote Employment Rights
Use this day as an opportunity to do good in the workplace. Embrace the idea of promoting employment rights and make sure everybody in the office feels that their voices are heard. If you’re a leader in the office, it’s a good idea to educate your employees so they are well versed in their rights and other social justice problems.

Gender Equity
Different forms of abuse occur as a result of gender inequality for both men and women. Work to spread the word about safe havens for victims of domestic abuse and violence. And if there aren’t outlets for help in your community, find a way to establish them. Even if you end up helping or reaching just one person, the reward is boundless.

Social Well-Being
Social well-being exists when the basic human necessities are met and people can peacefully live together in society. It’s as easy as purchasing bottled water for people who need clean drinking water, or making a donation to an organization whose social work you trust. Rally together your community to make sure you live in a clean environment. The opportunities to improve social well-being are limitless, from the biggest efforts to the smallest act.

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