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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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Coaches vs. Cancer Takes March Madness to the Next Level

The craziness has begun. All over the country, crazed sports fans and casual observers are glued to screens, watching the events of March Madness unfold. While these millions of spectators obsess over brackets and try to decide which chips would be best to serve at their viewing party, Coaches vs. Cancer is drawing attention to an incredibly important cause.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a national collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Here are just a few reasons why the program is wonderful:

Coaches vs. Cancer smartly leverages the attention that March Madness receives. This particular sporting event connects people from all walks of life. Coaches vs. Cancer takes it a step farther by uniting them around a single cause.

It allows coaches to use their powerful influence on college campuses and in communities. Every year, college basketball coaches participate in the Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend, during which they don sneakers with their typically sharp and professional apparel. This event has been very successful in promoting the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

All ages can be a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer team. On the program’s website, you can donate or sign up to raise funds and awareness. They provide all the necessary resources for hosting a Coaches vs. Cancer event and even allow you to search for the specific student or team that you would like to support.

The program has already raised millions of dollars for the American Cancer Society. These funds go to helping people protect themselves with routine cancer screenings, helping those with cancer get well, and finding cures through research.

  • 35th Anniversary
    35th Anniversary
  • United Way
    United Way