What is a Clubhouse?
A Clubhouse is first and foremost a community that offers people who have mental illness hope and opportunities to achieve their full potential. 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 a community 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.
What is Clubhouse Michigan (CM)?
Clubhouse Michigan (CM) is a community of Clubhouses located in the state of Michigan. The functions of the CM are to:
Articulate positions on issues that affect the interest of adults with mental illness.
- Educate and advise others throughout the state by clarifying the role of Clubhouses in the array of services offered through the mental health system.
- Support the development of new ICCD Standards-based Clubhouses.
- Collaborate with NAMI, USPRA, ICCD, MDCH, educational entities and other mental health organizations in the gathering, dissemination and utilization of outcome data as a measurement of accountability and effectiveness in best practices for Clubhouse model fidelity.
- Facilitate the networking of clubhouses to function as a statewide coalition.
- Work with MDCH to secure funding for the continuation and growth of Clubhouse services in keeping with the ICCD Standards.
- Educate MDCH funders, other public and private organizations and managed care providers in Clubhouse philosophy and the importance of ICCD training and certification to promote best practices.
- Collaborate statewide to advocate for relevant governmental policy change.