Samaritan Center Clubhouse Receives International Accreditation | New

The Clubhouse International Accreditation Committee has granted accreditation to the Good Samaritan’s Wabash Valley Friendship Clubhouse.

David Engstrom, coordinator of the Wabash Valley Friendship Clubhouse, was informed this week of this international recognition – following a site visit – and was congratulated by those in charge of the Samaritan Center for the excellent services provided to those struggling with mental health problems.

The Wabash Valley Friendship Clubhouse is now one of 300 Clubhouse accredited establishments worldwide.

Clubhouse International accreditation will provide support to our program to ensure that we meet the mission and objectives of Clubhouse programs,” said Engstrom. “We are delighted with the growth we have already seen in our first year alone. We know that with this accreditation we will be able to expand our services and help more members.

The Wabash Valley Friendship Clubhouse provides people living with mental illness with opportunities for meaningful friendships, employment, housing, education and access to medical and psychiatric services in one caring and safe environment, according to a statement release published by Good Samaritan this week. This social and economic inclusion reverses the rates of hospitalization and incarceration associated with mental illness.

Dr Pamela Vaught, Executive Director of the Samaritan Center, said this accreditation illustrates the incredible work that takes place every day at the Wabash Valley Friendship Clubhouse.

“I am very proud of the staff and members of the Clubhouse for achieving this recognition,” she said. “Samaritan Center will continue to support the Clubhouse program and contribute to its growth. “

The Clubhouse’s international accreditation is a symbol of quality – a clear demonstration of a Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence, the press release says.

A multi-level review is involved in the accreditation process, which includes a self-assessment; visit to the Clubhouse International faculty site; a written report describing the weaknesses and strengths of the Clubhouse to ensure that it is fully compliant with the 37 standards of the Clubhouse International; receive official accreditation; and ongoing consultation and technical support.

In May 2020, the Samaritan Center received a federal grant of $ 4 million to increase access and improve the quality of community mental health and addiction treatment services. In the first year of the grant, over $ 725,000 was allocated to hire additional direct service delivery staff, including case managers, therapists, a primary care nurse practitioner and peer specialists. recovery. Four areas of major focus for this grant include the Wabash Valley Friendship Clubhouse as well as the Integrated Mobile Wellness Unit, Family Preservation Services, and Adult Chemical Addiction Services.

The Samaritan Center is the regional community mental health center (CMHC) that provides a full range of services needed to create access to all levels of behavioral health issues in addition to the treatment needed for people with mental health disorders and most serious and complex drug addictions. Samaritain Center is headquartered in Vincennes; however, the center provides these same services in outlying offices in Loogootee, Petersburg and Washington.

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