The Clubhouse is organized around a structured system known as the work-ordered day. The work-ordered day typically is an eight-hour period, Monday through Friday, that parallels typical business hours. Members and staff work side by side, to perform the work of the day. All the work in the Clubhouse is for the Clubhouse and not for any outside agency or business. There are no therapies or treatment programs in the Clubhouse. Members volunteer to participate as they feel ready and according to their individual interests.

The International Standards for Clubhouse Programs™, agreed upon by all our member Clubhouses, define the Clubhouse Model of rehabilitation. The Standards:

  • Are at the heart of the success experienced by Clubhouses around the world helping people with mental illness stay out of hospitals while achieving social, financial, educational, and vocational goals;

  • Serve as a “bill of rights” for members and a code of ethics for Clubhouse staff, boards and administrators, and a reminder that Clubhouses must be places that offer respect and opportunities to members;

  • Provide the basis for assessing Clubhouse quality through the Clubhouse International Accreditation™ process.


Every two years the worldwide Clubhouse community reviews these Standards and amends them as necessary. The process is coordinated by the Clubhouse International Standards Review Committee, made up of members and staff from Accredited Clubhouses around the world.