Connections is a psychosocial rehabilitation clubhouse of Catawba Valley Behavioral Healthcare. It was established in 1990 through Mental Health Services of Catawba County in response to the need for an ongoing community support program for adults with behavioral health disorders experiencing mental illness. Connections is specifically designed for adults (18 and older) who have a diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental illness. Connections provides opportunities to assist clubhouse members in leading meaningful, productive, and independent lives. We approach this goal by providing meaningful work, meaningful relationships, and the opportunity to feel a sense of belonging to a welcoming community.
Connections is certified by the International Center for Clubhouse Development and is based on the “Fountain House” or “Clubhouse” model. The underlying philosophy behind this clubhouse model is based on 4 member rights:
- The right to a place to come
- The right to meaningful work
- The right to meaningful relationships
- The right to a place to return
Connections has 4 working units – kitchen, snack bar, employment, and clerical. Within these units, members and staff work together as coworkers to do the necessary and meaningful work of the clubhouse. Connections offers a variety of employment opportunities for the clubhouse members: Lawn Crew group placement, Transitional employment, and Supported Employment.
Our transitional Employment and Supported Employment programs are sponsored by Vocational Rehabilitation. Connections also provides opportunity for education and socialization. We assist members in accessing educational and leisure resources in the community. A physician or therapist may refer individuals to Catawba County, 18 or over, who are in active treatment for severe and persistent mental illness to Connections. If a prospective member is interested and meets the criteria of the clubhouse, we recommend a tour of the clubhouse.