Clubhouse Program

Here at Davis Behavioral Health, we believe that there is power and healing in community. For many people with persistent mental health issues, finding an understanding community can be a challenge. We are proud to partner with Journey House, a mental health clubhouse, to provide a safe community space where members can build friendships, discover pathways to better self-reliance and gain back confidence to live a productive, healthy life.

Mental illness can make life difficult, but it doesn’t have to prevent people from leading the lives they want. With support, guidance and understanding, success is completely possible. If you or a loved one are interested in finding a place that fosters positive relationships and builds self-esteem, then consider joining the Davis Behavioral Health Journey House.

What Is a Mental Health Clubhouse?

Clubhouses are local community centers designed to support those living with mental illness. Members of Clubhouses have access to numerous opportunities to connect with others in similar situations, as well as support in finding employment, housing and social and mental health services, to get them on a positive path toward self-sufficiency. While a Clubhouse is not a treatment center, it does provide a restorative environment where members can find ways to return to the lives that may have been disrupted by mental illness.

All About Clubhouse International

Journey House is a Clubhouse International accredited program. You may be wondering where the term “Clubhouse” comes from. Clubhouse International has a long history, dating back to 1948 when the original Clubhouse began. First called “Fountain House,” it was a group of former psychiatric hospital patients who began meeting together informally as a way to support one another. Since then, communities around the world have followed the Clubhouse model to create their own place of refuge for those dealing with mental illness.

All Clubhouses are created around the belief that each member has the ability to recover and thrive during and after bouts of intense mental illness, and to go on to live successful, personally satisfying lives. Clubhouses utilize work and relationships to help each member build a foundation for positive growth and achievement, as well as improved social relationships and opportunities for normalized social interactions and reintegration.

What Is the Clubhouse Model?

Clubhouse models in mental health have been used successfully for many years, for good reason. This evidence-based, recovery-oriented program focuses on peer-to-peer support and interactions. Membership is only given to adults with serious mental illness, which may include depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major personality disorder or other conditions. Membership lasts a lifetime and members can return to their Clubhouse after any length of absence.

The focus of the Clubhouse model is on members’ strengths rather than their illnesses. Staff and members work together to create and run structured programs that are based around a standard workday, often with evening programs available as well. While Clubhouses do not employ physicians or offer direct mental health services, they can help connect members to those services within their communities.

Clubhouse members are encouraged to help out with the basic operations of their Clubhouses. Such participation may include reception, clerical duties, transportation, food service or financial services. The successful operation of Clubhouses is not possible without the assistance of its members. Staff members are not used to treat or educate members; instead, they engage with the members as colleagues and encourage participation in outside opportunities to promote positive growth.

What Services Are Offered at Journey House?

The mental health Clubhouse services offered at Journey House are far-reaching and designed to get our members out into the community. You’ll find the following services at our facility:

Member Support

The Journey House program is centered around the support members provide for one another. It offers a setting where members can socialize and learn from each other as they work toward employment, housing and improved mental health.

Community Support Needs

The members at Journey House can be connected to services in the community, including personal finances, advocacy, daily living skills, medical care, dental care, psychological care and substance abuse services.


Members can take part in community workshops and activities that teach how to live a healthy lifestyle. Journey House offers weekly wellness activities, which often include swimming, yoga, hiking or visiting the gym.

Employment and Education

Journey House utilizes Transitional Employment Placement and Individual Placement Support to help members find and maintain gainful employment. Members can also further their education and training.

Work Ordered Day

The members and staff at Journey House work together to run the day-to-day operations of the Clubhouse while focusing on the strengths and abilities of each member to find the right place for them to participate.


Social, recreational and holiday activities on evenings and weekends allow members the opportunity to get out and socialize with one another.

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