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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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Celebrate a Safe 4th of July With These Fireworks Safety Tips

This 4th of July, people around the nation will light off fireworks. Unfortunately, thousands of these people will also be injured. Because of the popularity of fireworks, it’s easy to forget how dangerous they are. The best way to stay safe is to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals and watch a fireworks display that is planned and carried out by trained individuals.

If, however, you can’t bear to part with your fireworks tradition (and you know that it is legal to light them in your neighborhood), it’s important that you know these crucial safety tips:

- Buy only legal fireworks. Legal fireworks will have a label with directions and the manufacturer’s name, and the illegal ones will be unlabeled. Still not sure if your fireworks are regulated and permitted? Search online for a handy list of legal and illegal fireworks.

- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass. More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks in the US each year.

- Always have a bucket of water and/or fire extinguisher readily available. If something does go wrong, you’ll need to respond quickly.

- Never light a firework near another person. Fireworks can backfire, tip over, or shoot off in the wrong direction.

- If a firework doesn’t go off after being lit, don’t stand over it to investigate what went wrong or attempt to light it again. Simply put it out with water and discard it.

- Don’t wear loose clothing. The extra cloth could catch fire when you attempt to light the firework.

- Don’t allow children to use fireworks. Even fireworks that are thought to be more innocuous (like sparklers and firecrackers) are simply too dangerous for children to light.

- If you have pets, be sure that they are in a safe and secure area far away from the fireworks. It is likely that the loud noises will scare them. Try to find a safe and quiet place for them so they don’t get hurt.

- Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them away. This will ensure that they don’t accidentally ignite.

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