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What are the Benefits of Membership?

Benefits Overview

Pathways Clubhouse, the Richmond location of the Canadian Mental Health Association, participated in an independent review of the value created from funding and donations received. The study found that Pathways yields $14 in societal value for every $1 received. Fourteen to One!! Source: Success Markets, Inc.

Clubhouse International Clubhouses are local, community-based centers that give people with mental illness hope and opportunities to reach their full potential.

There is significant evidence available to substantiate the positive outcomes for members:

  • Better Transitional Employment Results: longer on-the-job tenure is found to be highly correlated with Clubhouse attendance.1
  • Cost-Effective: the cost of Clubhouses is estimated to be one-third of the cost of the IPS model; about half the annual costs of Community Mental Health Centers; and substantially less than the ACT model.2
  • Reduced Hospital Stays: membership in a Clubhouse program resulted in a significant decrease in the number of hospitalizations.3
  • Reduced Incarcerations: criminal justice system involvement substantially diminished during and after Clubhouse psychosocial program membership.4
  • Improved Well-Being:
    • Compared with individuals receiving services as usual, Clubhouse members were significantly more likely to report that they had close friendships and someone they could rely on when they needed help.5
    • A recent study suggests that service systems should prioritize services that offer ongoing social supports like Clubhouses, as they enhance mental and physical health by reducing disconnectedness.6
1 Macias, Kinney and Rodican (1995). 2 Source: McKay, Yates, and Johnsen (2005); IPS model reported by Clark et al (1998); ACT model reported by Macias et al (2001). 3 Source: De Masso, Avi-Itzak and Obler (2001). 4 Source: Johnson and Hickey (1999). 5 Source: Warner, Huxley and Berg (1999). 6 Source: Leff and colleagues (2004).

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