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 access to 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 37 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 members, and administrators. They provide the basis for assessing Clubhouse quality for Clubhouse International’s accreditation process. Every two years the worldwide Clubhouse community reviews these Standards, and amends them as deemed necessary. To see the Standards go to www.clubhouse-intl.org.