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Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse Receives Accreditation from International Center for Clubhouse

Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse has received a three-year accreditation from the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD). This is the sixth consecutive three-year accreditation Wellspring Clubhouse has received since it was first accredited by the ICCD in 1998.

Accreditation involves the entire Clubhouse community in an interactive process of self-evaluation and strategic planning. After conducting its own in-depth self-study over the course of four months, Wellspring Clubhouse was visited by an ICCD Faculty Team that reviewed the Clubhouse’s self-study and its fidelity to the International Standards for Clubhouse Programs. The two-person Faculty Team included trained members and staff from strong ICCD Certified Clubhouses around the world.

“ICCD accreditation means that we adhere to the thirty-six International Clubhouse Standards which have been agreed upon by ICCD accredited Clubhouses around the world,” says Lu Mauro, Director of Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse. “These Standards provide the basis for members and staff to operate the Clubhouse together based on specific philosophic principles and practices of rehabilitation, believing in the potential of all individuals to lead a satisfying and meaningful life, including becoming employed.”

Adds Mauro, “This accreditation validates Wellspring Clubhouse’s commitment to excellence and to the evidence-based Clubhouse model. Evidence-based practices are an important concept today because we must demonstrate that our specific interventions achieve identified outcomes in community integration such as employment, volunteering, and education as well as reduced hospitalization and incarceration.”

Established in 1994, Penn Foundation’s Wellspring Clubhouse, which is located on the grounds of Rockhill Mennonite Community, is a voluntary rehabilitation program for adults with mental health and/or co-occurring substance use challenges.The Clubhouse Model features member leadership and involvement in all aspects of the program. Members work side-by-side with staff as colleagues to run the program, to learn or teach skills, and to offer support and resources needed to achieve a satisfying and improved quality of life in the community.

Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage.


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