What is a Clubhouse?
Much more than simply a program, or a social service, a Clubhouse is most importantly a community of people who are working together toward a common goal. A Clubhouse is intentionally organized to support individuals living with the effects of mental illness.
Through participation in a Clubhouse, people are given the opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education, and to access the services and supports they may individually need. A Clubhouse is a restorative environment for people who have had their lives drastically disrupted, and need the support of others who believe that recovery from mental illness is possible for all.
There are 36 International Standards for Clubhouse Programs, consensually agreed upon by the worldwide Clubhouse community that define the Clubhouse model for recovery. The principles expressed in these Standards are at the heart of the Clubhouse community’s success in helping people with mental illness. The standards also serve as a “bill of rights” for members and a code of ethics for staff, board and administrators. They provide the basis for administrators. They provide the basis for assessing clubhouse quality for the International Center for Clubhouse Development certification process. Every two years the worldwide Clubhouse community reviews these Standards, and amends them as deemed necessary. To see the Standards go to www.iccd.org.