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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 Important Tips for Bike Safety

May is National Bike Month, and it’s the perfect time of year to go for long bike rides in beautiful weather with family and friends. But before you set out on your next bike adventure, take some time to review these essential bike safety rules for people of all ages:

1. ALWAYS wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet might seem like a nuisance, but it’s necessary for preventing injuries. Never wear a hat under your helmet, and always make sure that the straps are securely fastened. Your helmet should fit you properly and have a sticker that says it meets the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If you’re unsure if your helmet fits correctly, head to your nearest bike store and talk to one of their specialists. They will be happy to help you find the best helmet for you.

2. Know what to wear (and what not to wear). Even if you’re cycling during the day, it’s best to wear bright colors that allow motorists to spot you easily. Make sure that you have on good footwear (that means no flip flops, sandals, or heels) and have no loose clothing, shoelaces, or dangling straps that could get caught in your bike chain.

3. Know where you’re riding. It’s always best to find a path that’s specifically designated for cyclists, but no matter where you decide to ride, you should know where you’re going and the rules of the road. Map out where bike lanes begin and end, and remember to always ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic.

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