Washington D.C. lacks one of the most proven, evidence-based and cost-effective mental health services of all: a locally-based Clubhouse. Clubhouses are member-based communities where people living with mental illness can experience respect, hope and opportunities. There are some 200 Clubhouses in the U.S., and over 330 around the world, serving 100,000 members. But none in Washington D.C. We at Capital Clubhouse Inc are working hard to fill this major void in the overall mental health care system of our great city. The need for this life-changing community is confirmed daily by stories we hear from the people we involve as we put together the pieces of our implementing plan.

The need for a mental health Clubhouse in Washington D.C. is set out in the Capital Clubhouses's Case Statement available here.


On November 9th, Capital Clubhouse Inc. hosted its annual Gala at the DAR Museum in Washington, DC. The event had almost 200 attendees and featured remarks by renowned community psychiatrist, Ralph Aquila, M.D., the Medical Director of Fountain House in New York City, the original clubhouse. The guests represented different sectors of Washington society: local and national politicians, leaders in the mental health field, journalists, philanthropists, and Washingtonians who care about mental health. With the vital support of our 2017 Gala, Capital Clubhouse expects to open its doors in early 2018, allowing the DC area to join the growing ranks of cities and communities embracing the clubhouse model.

The Board and Benefit Committee would like to thank the attendees, Dr. Aquila, the DAR Museum, Frederik De Pue’s Annapolis Restaurant, Flamant, Rappahannock Oyster Company, Jaleo by José Andres, students and teachers from the Columbia Heights Education Campus, Suzanne Codi Floral Design, Kwik Kopy DC, and Sarah Nixon from the Beach Plum Inn for their generous support of this event.

Clubhouses are community-based centers that offer members a path to recovery from mental illness through friendship, meaningful work, and access to education and housing. The Clubhouse model is unique: members check their illness at the door and are treated as valued members of the community-- not as sick patients who need treatment. Membership is free and for life. Staff and members work side by side to create an atmosphere that fosters recovery, friendship, and the resilience needed to live full and productive lives.


Do get involved today and be part of opening a Clubhouse in the Nation's Capital.
Please make your tax-deductible donation to Capital Clubhouse, Inc today.
What is a Clubhouse?
Read about the intentions of Capital Clubhouse Inc. and why our goals are important to the Nation’s Capital.
Capital Clubhouse aims to adhere to the Standards of the worldwide Clubhouse movement.

Capital Clubhouse Inc is a 501(c)3 organization, located in Washington, DC.