Who We Are
Iris Clubhouse is modeled after Clubhouse International. Clubhouse International offers a scientifically proven, widely successful approach that includes training, accreditation and quality assurance. Clubhouse International is a central resource for ensuring long-term viability of the clubhouse approach. Clubhouse International is a global advocacy network that allows local clubhouses to tap the resources of a collective force of 326 clubhouses including coordinated research and communications capabilities.
Mental illness touches nearly every family. Here in Casper, one in twenty-five adults (2,400) live with a significant mental illness. Many of these live life in isolation, as the effects of their illness, prompts many to experience broken familial relationships and strains in their work life.
The Iris Clubhouse provides opportunities and resources for friendship, employment, housing and education in a caring and safe environment. Our members have the opportunity for recovery and can participate as valued and respected members of society.
In 2017 Iris House, Inc. was established. We have received our 501(c)(3) designation, have a dedicated volunteer board, full support from the mental health community. We follow the Clubhouse Model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, just as the 341 other Clubhouses throughout the world do.
The mission of Iris Clubhouse is to save lives, remove barriers and build success stories for people with mental illness. We will do this through meaningful work, employment opportunities, education and access to effective services and supports.
A Clubhouse is a community of adults living with a severe and persistent mental illness who come together to work towards personal goals. The clubhouse is a work-oriented program that helps people to build their job skills, to regain personal worth and to rejoin our community. Through this program, these individuals can lead rich and fulfilling lives, while at the same time reducing hospitalizations, incarcerations and the need for additional social services.
As one member of a Clubhouse put it, "The Clubhouse is for the mentally ill like physical therapy is for the physically ill. It builds up self-confidence like physical therapy builds up muscles."
The Clubhouse model was accepted for inclusion in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Practices and Programs (NREPP) in 2011. In a study done at Thresholds Clubhouse program in Chicago, the rehospitalization rate for the treatment group after 9 months was 14% compared to a rate of 44% for a control group that used other services (Dincin & Witheridge,1982).
We have seen lower hospitalization and contacts with law enforcement for our members as participation in Clubhouse is proven to reduce recidivism rates for mentally ill offenders (Johnson and Hickey, 1999) and improves work-readiness.
The Answers You Need
How is a Clubhouse different from NAMI, WBI, and CWCC?
Iris Clubhouse does not focus on treatment, therapy or counseling. Rather it will provide a space where peers can work together to make positive transformations and regain independence within their community. Iris Clubhouse is not a replacement for these treatment facilities. Nor is it in competition with them. Rather, the Clubhouse is a compliment the recovery process for those living with significant mental illness. Members are referred to the clubhouse to gain membership by a therapist or physician. Iris Clubhouse has the support of Casper’s mental health community.
Why does Casper need Iris Clubhouse?
Statistics show that communities with Clubhouses have decreased rates of incarcerations and hospitalizations. The financial benefit to our community will be substantial. However, the greatest benefit is the quality of life increase for clubhouse members. Clubhouses transform people’s lives.
Can I become a member?
The clubhouse is available to adults suffering from severe, persistent mental illness. Ask for a referral from a mental health professional and we will schedule an orientation and visit. Then, you can see if you want to become a member.