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The OHI Clubhouse is a vocational rehabilitation program for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. It is one of six Clubhouses in the State of Maine that utilizes the Clubhouse Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The Clubhouse is modeled after the Fountain House in New York City. Fountain House was created in 1948 as a place of support for people with mental illness, rather than a treatment

facility. Clubhouses focus on strengths, not illnesses. More than 400 Clubhouses worldwide have modeled themselves after Fountain House and adopted the same basic principle that communicates the message of membership and belonging. The Clubhouse is a place where people can come and rebuild their lives. Participants are called members, not patients.

The Clubhouse provides a place where self-confidence and hope for the future can be regained. Membership leads to continued growth, increased self esteem and a sense of empowerment. It offers members services such as job development, job placement, job coaching, transitional employment, long-term supported employment and supported education.

A Clubhouse is first and foremost a community of people with mental health difficulties working together toward the common goal of recovery. Each member is a unique individual who posses valuable talents, strengths and abilities which when combined, assist in making the Clubhouse come alive. This sense of membership, support and belonging are at the very heart of the Clubhouse way of working. Clubhouse communities recognize, encourage and focus on the inherent value and potential of each person involved. We believe each member can recover from the effects of mental health difficulties and lead personally satisfying and socially contributing lives.

Membership

The Clubhouse is a program for adults with mental illness based on the Clubhouse Model of Rehabilitation. We strive to improve the quality of life for Clubhouse members by providing employment, education, wellness and social opportunities.

The Clubhouse provides a place where self-confidence and hope for the future can be regained. Membership leads to continued growth, increased self esteem and a sense of empowerment. Members have 4 guaranteed rights.

  • A guaranteed right to a place to come.
  • A guaranteed right to meaningful work.
  • A guaranteed right to meaningful relationships.
  • A guaranteed right to a place to return.

How do I become a member?

Any person eligible for community support services for a major mental illness can become a member. There is no charge to become a member and our funding includes: Mainecare, Vocational Rehabilitation, and private donations. Orientations to the Clubhouse Model will be provided to new members.

What If I Am Not Ready To Work In The Community?
That’s okay! You won’t be put out into the workplace until you are fully ready. The Clubhouse is ultimately a place where you can meet new people, and a place where you can feel welcomed, accepted and productive.

Our Vision

Our Clubhouse restores people’s right to choose their life path, including the opportunity for meaningful employment, through a collaborative community dedicated to integrating all members of society.  This Clubhouse empowers people to reclaim control of their lives, identity and dignity leading to a stronger community for all citizens.

For more information, contact Casey Harris, Clubhouse director, at (207)389-3300
or [email protected]

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