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American Psychiatric Association Honors Clubhouse International
May 5, 2021

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

The prestigious award was presented by Jeffrey Geller, M.D., M.P.H. during the 65th Convocation of Distinguished Fellows. The award recognizes the evidence-based, cost-effective Clubhouse model of psychosocial rehabilitation as a leading recovery resource for people living with mental illness around the world.

“In recognition of their worldwide efforts to assist people living with mental illness recover and live meaningful, productive lives, I am pleased to present Executive Director and CEO, Joel Corcoran, with this presidential commendation for Clubhouse International,” said Dr. Jeffrey Geller.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have been in communication with our global Clubhouse network,” said Mr. Corcoran. “We have worked hard to stay connected and support the many people who rely on Clubhouse services. Our focus has been to share timely insights and strategies, through a dedicated web page and almost 20 training webinars. Clubhouses have found effective ways to operate as ‘virtual’ communities, applying innovative new approaches ensuring that individuals still have the critical help they need. It is wonderful to receive this validating award recognizing the work of our community during this time.”

The theme of the 2021 APA meeting, ‘Finding Equity Through Advances in Mind and Brain in Unsettled Times’ highlighted the critical need to address the disparities in mental health care delivery during the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, while emphasizing the importance of high-quality mental health care for all. Keynote speakers included Dr. Anthony Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer-Prize winner and critically acclaimed author.

The American Psychiatric Association is the leading professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States and the largest psychiatric organization in the world with members practicing in more than 100 countries. The APA has more than 34,400 members involved in psychiatric practice, research and academia.

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