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There are some 200 Clubhouses in the U.S., over 300 around the world, and soon one in our nation’s capital. Clubhouses are member-based communities where people living with mental illness can experience respect, hope and opportunities. The clubhouse model will be a great asset in the Washington, DC system of mental health care.

Outcomes from Clubhouse participation include (data available):

  • Employment, with longer on-the-job tenure for members engaging in Clubhouse transitional employment

  • Cost effectiveness, compared to other mental healthcare approaches (between  and ½ the cost)

  • Decreased hospitalizations, as a result of membership in a Clubhouse program

  • Reduced incarcerations, with criminal justice system involvement substantially diminished during and after Clubhouse program membership

  • Improved well-being, with studies showing Clubhouse members significantly more likely to report that they have close and supportive friendships

What Capital Clubhouse will offer its members


Like other Clubhouses across the world, Capital Clubhouse will provide living proof that people with mental illness can lead productive and satisfying lives. It will offer members:

  • a working environment where the talents and abilities of members are recognized and encouraged

  • opportunities to obtain paid employment in mainstream industries and businesses

  • assistance in accessing educational resources and other community-support resources

  • assistance in securing and sustaining safe, decent and affordable housing

  • participation in consensus-based decision making for all matters related to the running of the Clubhouse

  • evening/weekend/holiday social and recreational events

Clubhouse "members" are people who want to: 

  • Join a community

  • Make friends

  • Work with others

  • Stay active

  • Get back to work

  • Go back to school

  • Receive support towards achieving their goals

  • Learn how to access needed resources

  • Increase their independence

  • Have a “home base” in case of a relapse to get back on their feet

Capital Clubhouse Inc. Leadership

Maria Núñez 

Executive Director

Maria Núñez is a licensed clinical social worker whose work in mental health has led her to develop and grow programs that assist persons to gain greater independence and improve their quality of life.  She joined Capital Clubhouse Inc. as its first Executive Director in August 2017, having previously led multiple initiatives focusing on supportive employment. She brings strong supervisory and organizational skills to her role as a manager, along with in-depth knowledge and experience in the development and management of mental health programs. A native of New Mexico, she has lived and worked in the District for the past 14 years. Maria is a fluent English-Spanish bilingual, a strength that she brings to every position.

Board of Directors

Alessandro (Sandro) Leipold, President
Jean Harris, Vice President
Jennifer Johnson-Calari, Treasurer
Alexandra (Chi-Chi) Nash, Secretary
David Jones
Rashad Kaldany
Michele Oshman
Navin Reddy, MD
Louise Ross
Eric Scharf
Yvonne Smith
Maria Tukeva
Linden von Eichel

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