What is Capital Clubhouse Inc.?
Washington D.C. has for almost a full decade lacked one of the most proven, evidence-based and cost-effective mental health services of all: a locally-based Clubhouse. Clubhouses are member-based communities where people living with mental illness can experience respect, hope and opportunities. There are some 200 Clubhouses in the U.S., and over 330 around the world, serving 100,000 members. But none in Washington D.C. We at Capital Clubhouse Inc are working hard to fill this major void in the overall mental health. The need for this life-changing community is confirmed daily by stories we hear from the people we involve as we put together the pieces of our implementing plan. The need for a mental health Clubhouse in Washington D.C. is set out in the Capital Clubhouse's Case Statement available here.
“The Capital Clubhouse is a membership-based community where people living with mental illness and/or trauma can recover to lead personally satisfying and productive lives. Participants - who are called members, not patients, and are reflective of our area’s rich diversity - share ownership and responsibility for the success of the Clubhouse. They work in an empowering partnership with a small staff, building on their strengths rather than focusing on illness. Recovery is achieved in the Clubhouse through work and educational opportunities, and social relationships, which are proven to be restorative and provide a firm foundation for growth, dignity, and individual achievement. The Capital Clubhouse draws inspiration from and aims to adhere to the Standards of the worldwide Clubhouse movement - a SAMHSA recognized evidence-based practice.”