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Project Description

Mental Health

International Center for Clubhouse Development

Established in 1994

Mission Statement: Clubhouse International is a global network of community-based centers – called Clubhouses – that provide opportunities for people with mental illness. Members of our Clubhouses are able to fulfill their potential and achieve a sense of belonging, dignity and self-worth through employment, housing, social and educational choices available through the Clubhouse.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

CEO Salary: 9.5% of expenses

  • 10,000 people are reached each year from 230+ Clubhouses in 34 countries.

  • 42% employment rate at Accredited clubhouses annually- double the rate for people in the public mental health system.

  • One year of holistic recovery services are delivered to Clubhouse members for the same cost as a 2-week psychiatric hospital stay.

  • Reduced incarcerations, with criminal justice system involvement substantially diminished during and after Clubhouse psychosocial program membership.

  • A significant decrease in hospitalizations as a result of membership in a Clubhouse program

  • The cost of Clubhouses are estimated to be one-third of the cost of the IPS model; about half the annual costs of Community Mental Health Centers; and substantially less than the ACT model

Featured Programs:

How the International Center for Clubhouse Development is making a difference

What Clubhouses do

Through over 320 local Clubhouses around the world, clubhouse international offers people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in a single caring and safe environment.


Clubhouse International’s leadership, member Clubhouses, and Coalitions are active in social, government and mental health advocacy worldwide in an effort; to build public support and grow more Clubhouses. Clubhouse International’s staff or representatives participate in and present the Clubhouse model at mental health forums and events such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


Clubhouse International holds large events such as the USA National Clubhouse Conference and World Seminars. USA National Clubhouse Conference offers exciting and inspiring learning opportunities about sustaining strong, effective Clubhouse communities in the United States. The 2015 World Seminar in Denver, Colorado had over 600 participants from Nepal and Sri Lanka to Norway and Amsterdam where Clubhouse communities collaborated on changing the world of mental health, including creating community, promoting healthy lifestyles, employment programs, reaching young people living with mental illness and much more.

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