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Mission and History

Visiting Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse, Georgia USA

Clubhouse International helps start and grow Clubhouses globally, where people with mental illness can go to get their lives back.

Our Vision:
A world where people with mental illness recover and are an integral part of society.

Our Mission:
Ending social and economic isolation for people with mental illness by growing the number and quality of Clubhouse rehabilitation programs worldwide.

Over 25 Years of Changing the World of Mental Health: What We’ve Accomplished

  • Our Training Bases have trained over 1,500 Clubhouse groups and almost 4,000 individuals
  • We have organized 13 World Seminars with more than 9,000 participants attending over 1,000 workshops, institutes and plenary sessions relating to Clubhouse practice
  • We have collaborated with Clubhouses to review and improve the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs 12 times, and included the ideas and voices of thousands of Clubhouse members and staff each time
  • We have conducted 800 accreditation processes, validating success and helping to strengthen Clubhouses everywhere
  • More than 200 Clubhouse members and staff were trained as Clubhouse Faculty Members, and they all gave their time to helping Clubhouses around the world achieve accreditation
  • And, we estimate that between 500,000 and 1 million unique individuals became a member of a Clubhouse somewhere in the world.

This past year’s results (based on estimates from data submitted by Clubhouses to our Clubhouse Profile Questionnaire, administered by the Program for Clubhouse Research, an affiliation between Clubhouse International and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS):

  • Clubhouse programs accessed almost US$200 million dollars in public and private funding for our Clubhouse programs
  • Clubhouses provided about 800,000 hours of programs and services
  • Approximately 500,000 Reachout Contacts were made to absent members from their Clubhouse colleagues
  • Clubhouse members earned more than US$50 million from Transitional, Supported and Independent employment
  • Together, we have made a difference in the world!



Clubhouse International is a growing organization, helping communities worldwide find cost-effective and sustainable solutions for mental illness.


Clubhouse International was deeply honored to receive the Special Presidential Commendation Award at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2021 Annual Meeting.


The Hilton Prize Coalition’s Global Impact program awarded us two fellowships, for the training and coaching of new Clubhouse start-up groups in Rwanda and Mongolia.


The Clubhouse model is included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices


The International Standards for Clubhouse Programs are created as the basis for Clubhouse Accreditation


National Clubhouse Expansion Project begins


The first Clubhouse, Fountain House, opens in New York


World Health Organization (WHO) launches Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centered and rights-based approaches. The Clubhouse Model of psychosocial rehabilitation is identified as an example of a rights-based, recovery-focused approach.


Clubhouse International celebrates 25 years of changing the world of mental health.


Clubhouse International and Fountain House are awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize


Clubhouse International is established to serve as a global resource for the international Clubhouse community


The Faculty for Clubhouse Development is established to train and mentor new and existing Clubhouses


Fountain House establishes a national training program for the Clubhouse Model
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