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  • Clubhouse Accreditation
    Clubhouse Accreditation

    For Immediate Release    Media Contact
    Rachel Newell
    Director of Development 
    316-665-8605
    rachel.newell@breakthroughwichita.org

    BREAKTHROUGH CLUBHOUSE GARNERS THREE-YEAR ACCREDITATION

    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.  

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  • 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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3 Pool Safety Tips to Know to Keep Your Kids Safe

The smell of sunscreen, ice cream and chlorine is in the air. That can only mean one thing: it’s summer swimming season. But before you and your little munchkins jump in for a dip, we’ve got some startling statistics to share with you.

Drowning ranks 5th in the causes of unintentional deaths in the United States. Approximately 10 people die per day—and children under the age of 5 represent 75% of pool related deaths.

So in preparation for all of those trips to the community pool, take a look at our pool safety tips below to ensure that everyone is enjoying the pool in a fun, safe environment.

Be Attentive
46% of kids drown while being watched by both parents at the pool. How is this possible? Distractions—cell phones, reading materials and other temptations will have to be resisted while watching your young one at the pool. When you’re on lifeguard duty for your child, be engaged and committed to watching them constantly.

Also never leave them unattended. If you need to use the restroom, grab something from the car or leave for any reason, insist that they get out of the pool and come with you. A child can drown in less than an inch of water in only 30 seconds—meaning even if you plan on being gone and back quickly, you could be putting your child at risk.

Don’t Rely on Floaties
Floaties are not equivalent to and should never be used as a substitution for supervision. They give parents and other pool goers a false sense of security for young kiddos in the water. However, floaties have a tendency to shift their weight, pop and be unreliable in a myriad of other ways. Use only Coast Guard approved flotation devices and be sure they fit your little swimmer properly, and be sure to still keep a watchful eye on them at all times.

Teach Them Safety
Arguably the best way to prepare kids for going to the pool is to teach them basic water safety. Make sure they know how to tread water, float on their backs and get to the edge of a pool and hang on before letting them get in the pool alone. Look into swimming lessons at gyms or community pools for proper instruction and preparation before those regular trips to the pool.

We’re all for letting your kids enjoy one of the greatest delights of childhood: splishing and splashing in the pool with pals. But you can help avoid the worry and anxiety that comes with taking little ones to the pool by being prepared with water safety knowledge.

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