Featured: Mental Health Clubhouse Forum at the Annual Conference!
Find out about the benefits of the clubhouse model for individuals and communities. The Clubhouse Forum at the NAMI Georgia Annual Conference, hosted by the Georgia Clubhouse Coalition, will feature Jack Yatsko, COO of Clubhouse International, and representatives from three successful Clubhouses.
All conference attendees are welcome to attend. In addition, there will be a ‘Clubhouse Forum Only‘ registration for those who wish to attend the Clubhouse Forum without registering for the NAMI Georgia Conference.
For “Clubhouse Forum Only,” registration, email Georgiaclubhouse@gmail.com and include your Name, Organization, Email address and Phone.
About Our Featured Speaker:
Jack Yatsko, Chief Operating Officer, has been with Clubhouse International for 16 years. His career in mental health spans 30 years. Jack works closely with international certified Training Bases and Faculty for Clubhouse development; helps develop new Clubhouses; and provides technical assistance to existing Clubhouses and groups or individuals seeking to learn more about the Clubhouse Model. He began his Clubhouse career in Hawaii in 1989 at Friendship House, the first Clubhouse program in Hawaii. Jack continues to reside in Hawaii although his travels take him across the globe. Jack has a Master’s degree in Social Work.
What is a Clubhouse?
A Clubhouse is a community of members (adults with mental illness) centered in a “bricks and mortar”environment. Clubhouses provide members with a meaningful day that offers dignity, personal relationships and the opportunity to reach their potential. Both the members and society receive significant benefits.
- A Work Ordered Day: The daily activity of a Clubhouse is organized around a structured system known as the work-ordered day.
- Employment Programs: As a right to membership, Clubhouses provide members with opportunities to return to paid employment in integrated work settings through both Transitional Employment and Independent Employment programs.
- Reach-Out: When a member does not attend the Clubhouse or is in the hospital a “reach-out” telephone call or visit is made.
- Community Support: People living with mental illness often require a variety of social and medical services. Members are given help in accessing community services- housing, psychiatric and general medical services, government disability benefits and other needed services.
- Evening, Weekend and Holiday Activities: Clubhouses provided evening, weekend and holiday social and recreational programming.
- Education: The Clubhouse with staff assistance offers educational opportunities for members consistent with their wants and needs.
- Housing: Safe, decent, dignified housing is a right to all members. The Clubhouse helps members to access quality housing. If there is none available for members, the Clubhouse seeks funding and creates its own housing program.
- Decision-Making and Governance: Members and staff meet in an open forum to discuss policy and planning. A Board is charged with oversight management, fundraising, public relations and helping develop employment opportunities.
Community and Economic Benefits
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has identified over $300 billion in annual costs associated with mental illness. Not included are the additional costs of homelessness, incarceration, legal systems and family expenses. According to available research, Clubhouses achieve the following tangible results for members and their communities.
- Better transitional employment results: Longer on-the-job tenure is found to be highly correlated with Clubhouse attendance.
- Cost effectiveness: One year of holistic recovery services are delivered to Clubhouse members for the same cost as a two week stay in a psychiatric hospital. Studies indicate Clubhouses are significantly more cost effective than other models.
- Reduced hospital stays: Membership in a Clubhouse has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations.
- Reduced incarcerations: Criminal justice system involve- ment is substantially diminished during and after Clubhouse psychosocial program membership.
- Improved well-being: Clubhouse members were significantly more likely to report close friendships and someone they could rely on when they needed help.
- Better Physical and Mental Health: Clubhouses offer ongoing social supports that enhance physical and mental health by reducing disconnectedness.