Who we are

Amit clubhouse Organization was founded in order to improve and to help advance the quality of life for people who deal with severe mental illness, and advancing their integration into society in all aspect of life, by developing and implementing the Clubhouse model in Israel. The Clubhouse model is international advanced model and is based on the philosophy of the consumer movement (“nothing about us without us”).

The Clubhouse is a rehabilitative community: occupational and social, supervised and funded by the Ministry of Health, for people with mental disabilities .The Clubhouse Centers in Israel are part of the International Clubhouse movement, which includes 330 clubhouses all over the world and operates under an international organization called “clubhouse international”.

The unique model, supported by the “Ministry of Health” and the “Fund for Special Projects” of the “National Insurance Institute”, is located in three locations in Israel: Upper Nazareth, Tiberius and Jerusalem.

The association’s activities have been accompanied by many partners and supporters including: the Ministry of Health, the Fund for Special Projects of the National Insurance Institute, the Development Fund for Disabled Services of the National Insurance Institute, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Ted Arison Family Foundation, the Joseph and Christina Kasierer Foundation, the Sobel Foundation and other.

The Clubhouse model

The Clubhouse is an Evidence-Based practice Model that is built and organized to support people who have experienced a mental crisis. In the course of their integration into the Clubhouse, members gain access to opportunities to rejoin the world of friendships, family, employment, and education. They get support services that they need individually to continue their recovery process.

Clubhouse provides a supportive environment for people whose lives have been seriously disturbed by the emotional crisis they have undergone and who need the support of others who are in recovery and believe that it is possible to recover.

The Clubhouse model is internationally recognized in the United States as an “evidence-based practice” (recognized by the organization “Sahmsa”).

Clubhouse Amit is accompanied and guided by the umbrella organization of all the clubhouses in the world – “Clubhouse International”. We work by the values ​​and loyalty to the model, that makes the Clubhouse everywhere in the world, and in Israel, a powerful and effective means of recovery and rehabilitation in the community.

Membership

The clubhouse is a community-based organization, and the people who come and participate in it are members of the community. Membership in the Clubhouse is open to anyone with a history of mental crisis. The idea of ​​this membership is a fundamental and basic idea in the concept of the Clubhouse: Being a member of the organization means that the person shares both ownership and responsibility for the success of this organization and community!

To be a member of an organization means to belong, to fit into a certain place, where you are always welcome, feel needed, wanted and acceptable. For a person who has experienced a mental crisis, these simple things are not taken for granted. In fact, reality is living in a constant sense of exclusion, mismatch, isolation, and rejection.

“Mentally ill”, “patient”, “client”, “disabled person”, “consumer” -all these and more are terms that society uses in relation to people living with the consequences of a mental crisis.

These people are often separated by these labels and defined by them as “needy” people and constitute a social burden.

In the Clubhouse, a person with mental illness is perceived as a valued participant, as a colleague and as someone who has something to contribute to the rest of the community. Every person is an essential and critical part of the community, and is involved in meaningful work.

Every member is welcome, expected and needed, each member’s involvement is an important contribution to the community.

Belonging

The daily work is organized and conducted in a way that the member knows that he belongs.

This is not difficult, because in fact, all the work at the Clubhouse requires the participation of the members. The design of the Clubhouse work is involving members in every aspect of its operation, and there is always more work to be done than it can be done by the number of Clubhouse staff members by themselves.

The talents, strength, creative ideas and efforts of each member are all necessary and being encouraged every day. Every member is invited at any time to participate in any of the clubhouse work: office tasks, reception desk, food services, cooking, work with suppliers, travel arrangements, keeping in touch with friends, maintenance, research and statistics, construction and promotion of employment and education programs etc.

Membership at the Clubhouse gives the person the opportunity to be part of creating successes for the community. At the same time, he or she receives the help and support they need to achieve personal success and personal satisfaction.

Values

Clubhouse is built on the belief that each member has the potential to recover from the effects of the crises he experiences and to lead a meaningful satisfaction life and integrate into the wider society.

The members of the clubhouse community are committed and dedicated to each other’s success, no matter how long it takes and how difficult it will be!

Employment

Work is one of the basic ways to define self-identity in our society today. It promotes and provides a strong foundation for significant personal growth and achievement.

The belief on which we operate, is that normative opportunities in employment and society, are an important part of a person’s path to recovery.

At the Clubhouse, the work is done voluntarily, to promote the community’s development goals and individual member’s goals. The work is chosen by the community, out of its needs, to develop and to give its members a quality of life and the right to self-realization. The members and staff members of the clubhouse must be busy with prioritizing, organizing and accomplishing the tasks that are important to make the clubhouse a success!

The Clubhouse makes it possible to go out to work in the free market at a minimum wage and above, with a wide range of positions and jobs.  The clubhouse have 3 employment programs in the free market that allow every member, at every stage of his recovery proses, to make a decent living with support adapted to his needs

You can read more about employment here.

Relationships

Relationships are the core component of the clubhouse environment. The clubhouse structures evolved in such a way to ensure an abundance of opportunities for human integration and personal relationships!

Members also need staff and other colleague to complete the work, but more importantly, the relationships that are created and developed through this work together, are the key component of the relationship in the clubhouse.

Relationships between the members and staff members evolve naturally when they’re working together, shoulder to shoulder, and do the daily chores of the Clubhouse. The work is done in a cooperative manner on all levels, from the construction of a budget planning, recruiting new staff members, establishing an organizational strategy and also in cleaning the restroom or writing an attendance reports.

Opportunities

As part of the recovery process, community members often do not know what they like to do and how good they are. The way the Clubhouse model reawakens their strengths and passion for life is through an endless range of opportunities- The Opportunities for meaningful and necessary work, which comes out as a result of the deep and equal relationships with their colleagues and staff members.

Every new member that arrives to the community brings with him a new and diverse powers and Skills. for example, a new member’s or staff member with an interest in design may improve the appearance of the House, good organizational ability will streamline the mechanisms of the working units, good access to languages ​​can contribute to the education of community members, etc.

The wide variety allows everyone to find their place in the community and contribute to it, to choose to be part of the activity and to experience a sense of ability and success.

Education

Studies and Research indicates that education is a significant component of rehabilitation and recovery. Education enables interest, meaning, and improvement of self and social image. Acquiring an education helps members discover hidden talents and provides an opportunity to express their personal potential, strengthens a sense of control over life, provides tools for dealing with multiple sources of information in modern society, and contributes greatly to self-esteem and appreciation from the environment.

Studies show that people with higher education have higher employment and rehabilitation potential.

The Clubhouse offers members opportunities for learning both indoors and outdoors. Studying in the framework of the Clubhouse (computers, Hebrew, English and any other initiative) is guided by members, colleagues, staff members and guests from outside of the community.

The escorting outside of the Clubhouse includes mediation and assistance in integration into various programs to complete a high school diploma, various courses in the community, assistance in integration into higher education through supported education services, and more.

 

International Standards for Clubhouse Programs

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is voluntary and without time limits.

  1. The Clubhouse has control over its acceptance of new members. Membership is open to anyone with a history of mental illness, unless that person poses a significant and current threat to the general safety of the Clubhouse community.
  2. Members choose the way they utilize the Clubhouse, and the staff with whom they work. There are no agreements, contracts, schedules, or rules intended to enforce participation of members.
  3. All members have equal access to every Clubhouse opportunity with no differentiation based on diagnosis or level of functioning.
  4. Members at their choice are involved in the writing of all records reflecting their participation in the Clubhouse. All such records are to be signed by both member and staff. 6. Members have a right to immediate re-entry into the Clubhouse community after any length of absence, unless their return poses a threat to the Clubhouse community.
  5. The Clubhouse provides an effective reach out system to members who are not attending, becoming isolated in the community or hospitalized.

RELATIONSHIPS

  1. All Clubhouse meetings are open to both members and staff. There are no formal member only meetings or formal staff only meetings where program decisions and member issues are discussed.
  2. Clubhouse staff are sufficient to engage the membership, yet few enough to make carrying out their responsibilities impossible without member involvement. 2
  3. Clubhouse staff have generalist roles. All staff share employment, housing, evening and weekend, holiday and unit responsibilities. Clubhouse staff do not divide their time between Clubhouse and other major work responsibilities that conflict with the unique nature of member/staff relationships.
  4. Responsibility for the operation of the Clubhouse lies with the members and staff and ultimately with the Clubhouse director. Central to this responsibility is the engagement of members and staff in all aspects of Clubhouse operation.

SPACE

  1. The Clubhouse has its own identity, including its own name, mailing address and telephone number.
  2. The Clubhouse is located in its own physical space. It is separate from any mental health center or institutional settings, and is impermeable to other programs. The Clubhouse is designed to facilitate the work-ordered day and at the same time be attractive, adequate in size, and convey a sense of respect and dignity.
  3. All Clubhouse space is member and staff accessible. There are no staff only or member only spaces. 

WORK-ORDERED DAY

  1. The work-ordered day engages members and staff together, side-by-side, in the running of the Clubhouse. The Clubhouse focuses on strengths, talents and abilities; therefore, the work-ordered day must not include medication clinics, day treatment or therapy programs within the Clubhouse.
  2. The work done in the Clubhouse is exclusively the work generated by the Clubhouse in the operation and enhancement of the Clubhouse community. No work for outside individuals or agencies, whether for pay or not, is acceptable work in the Clubhouse. Members are not paid for any Clubhouse work, nor are there any artificial reward systems.
  3. The Clubhouse is open at least five days a week. The work-ordered day parallels typical working hours.
  4. The Clubhouse is organized into one or more work units, each of which has sufficient staff, members and meaningful work to sustain a full and engaging work-ordered day. Unit meetings are held to foster relationships as well as to organize and plan the work of the day. 19. All work in the Clubhouse is designed to help members regain self worth, purpose and confidence; it is not intended to be job specific training.
  5. All work in the Clubhouse is designed to help members regain self worth, purpose and confidence; it is not intended to be job specific training.
  6. Members have the opportunity to participate in all the work of the Clubhouse, including administration, research, enrollment and orientation, reach out, hiring, training and evaluation of staff, public relations, advocacy and evaluation of Clubhouse effectiveness .

EMPLOYMENT.

  1. The Clubhouse enables its members to return to paid work through Transitional Employment, Supported Employment and Independent Employment; therefore, the Clubhouse does not provide employment to members through in-house businesses, segregated Clubhouse enterprises or sheltered workshops. Transitional Employment
  2. The Clubhouse offers its own Transitional Employment program, which provides as a right of membership opportunities for members to work on job placements in the labor market. As a defining characteristic of a 3 Clubhouse Transitional Employment program, the Clubhouse guarantees coverage on all placements during member absences. In addition the Transitional Employment program meets the following basic criteria.
    a. The desire to work is the single most important factor determining placement opportunity.
    b. Placement opportunities will continue to be available regardless of the level of success in previous placements.
    c. Members work at the employer’s place of business.
    d. Members are paid the prevailing wage rate, but at least minimum wage, directly by the employer.
    e. Transitional Employment placements are drawn from a wide variety of job opportunities.
    f. Transitional Employment placements are part-time and time-limited, generally 15 to 20 hours per week and from six to nine months in duration.
    g. Selection and training of members on Transitional Employment is the responsibility of the Clubhouse, not the employer.
    h. Clubhouse members and staff prepare reports on TE placements for all appropriate agencies dealing with members’ benefits.
    i. Transitional Employment placements are managed by Clubhouse staff and members and not by TE specialists.
    j. There are no TE placements within the Clubhouse. Transitional Employment placements at an auspice agency must be off site from the Clubhouse and meet all of the above criteria. Supported and Independent Employment
  3. The Clubhouse offers its own Supported and Independent Employment Programs to assist members to secure, sustain, and better their employment. As a defining characteristic of Clubhouse Supported Employment, the Clubhouse maintains a relationship with the working member and the employer. Members and staff in partnership determine the type, frequency and location of desired supports.
  4. Members who are working independently continue to have available all Clubhouse supports and opportunities including advocacy for entitlements, and assistance with housing, clinical, legal, financial and personal issues, as well as participation in evening and weekend programs.

EDUCATION

  1. The Clubhouse assists members to reach their vocational and educational goals by helping them take advantage of educational opportunities in the community. When the Clubhouse also provides an in-house education program, it significantly utilizes the teaching and tutoring skills of members.

FUNCTIONS OF THE HOUSE

  1. The Clubhouse is located in an area where access to local transportation can be assured, both in terms of getting to and from the program and accessing TE opportunities. The Clubhouse provides or arranges for effective alternatives whenever access to public transportation is limited.
  2. Community support services are provided by members and staff of the Clubhouse. Community support activities are centered in the work unit structure of the Clubhouse. They include helping with entitlements, housing and advocacy, promoting healthy lifestyles, as well as assistance in accessing quality medical, psychological, pharmacological and substance abuse services in the community. 4
  3. The Clubhouse provides assistance, activities and opportunities designed to help members develop and maintain healthy lifestyles.
  4. The Clubhouse is committed to securing a range of choices of safe, decent and affordable housing including independent living opportunities for all members. The Clubhouse has access to opportunities that meet these criteria, or if unavailable, the Clubhouse develops its own housing program. Clubhouse housing programs meet the following basic criteria. a. Members and staff manage the program together. b. Members who live there do so by choice. c. Members choose the location of their housing and their roommates. d. Policies and procedures are developed in a manner consistent with the rest of the Clubhouse culture. e. The level of support increases or decreases in response to the changing needs of the member. f. Members and staff actively reach out to help members keep their housing, especially during periods of hospitalization.
  5. The Clubhouse conducts an objective evaluation of its effectiveness, including Clubhouse International Accreditation.
  6. The Clubhouse director, members, staff and other appropriate persons participate in a comprehensive two or three week training program in the Clubhouse Model at a certified training base.
  7. The Clubhouse has recreational and social programs during evenings and on weekends. Holidays are celebrated on the actual day they are observed. 

 FUNDING, GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

  1. The Clubhouse has an independent board of directors, or if it is affiliated with a sponsoring agency, has a separate advisory board comprised of individuals uniquely positioned to provide financial, legal, legislative, employment development, consumer and community support and advocacy for the Clubhouse.
  2. The Clubhouse develops and maintains its own budget, approved by the board or supported by an advisory board, which provides input and recommendations prior to the beginning of the fiscal year and routinely monitors it during the year.
  3. Staff salaries are competitive with comparable positions in the mental health field.
  4. The Clubhouse has the support of appropriate mental health authorities and all necessary licenses and accreditations. The Clubhouse collaborates with people and organizations that can increase its effectiveness in the broader community.
  5. The Clubhouse holds open forums and has procedures which enable members and staff to actively participate in decision making, generally by consensus, regarding governance, policy making, and the future direction and development of the Clubhouse.

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