Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Clubhouse?

At Independence Center, we believe that how a person spends his or her day is singularly important and helps define that person’s relationship to the rest of the world. The Clubhouse is a place – a community – where membership is voluntary and life-long. Our members know they always have somewhere to turn for help.

Our Philosophy

The Clubhouse model is based on a philosophy containing four basic tenets:

Within these four tenets are three important beliefs:

Since 1981, this philosophy has stood at the core of Independence Center’s wide array of programs, which now includes rehabilitation services, housing and residential supports, case management, outpatient psychiatric care and medication management, employment services, a wellness program, education, daily meals and social opportunities.

Clubhouse International:

The Clubhouse International was established in 1994 and serves to promote the development and strengthening of clubhouses. The Clubhouse International oversees the creation and evolution of standards, facilitates and assures the quality of training, consultation, certification, research and advocacy, and provides effective communication and dissemination of information. Independence Center is an accredited member of the Clubhouse International. To learn more,visit the Clubhouse International web site

Independence Center is accredited by the Missouri Department of Mental Health and CARF.