Our mission is to afford people whose lives have been disrupted by mental illness the opportunity to recover meaningful and productive lives through self-directed reintegration into the workplace and the community. The goal is a high quality of life for all members, ongoing improvement, and the ultimate elimination of stigma associated with mental illness.
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida organization was founded in 2008 by a grassroots group of family members and a young consumer to help people living with serious mental illness reintegrate into the community. After two years of fund raising and outreach, the group opened the doors of The Key Clubhouse in July 2010 in downtown Miami to its first 10 members.
The Clubhouse quickly outgrew its small office space and moved to the Dr. Barbara Carey-Shuler supportive housing complex in 2013, where it operated until July 2021.
Through a partnership with Carrfour Supportive Housing, the Clubhouse moved into a new 5,000 sq. ft. space in July 2021 on the bottom floor of Northside Commons, an 80-unit supportive housing complex built primarily for low-income individuals living with serious mental illness. Approximately half of the apartment units are occupied with members of The Key Clubhouse. In this location, the Clubhouse is expanding its program to serve more individuals in the community who can benefit from its rehabilitation, socialization and employment services.
Our program is funded by the Thriving Mind/Department of Children and Families, Miami-Dade County, several private foundations and numerous generous contributors.
About Our Program
We follow the Clubhouse International program model, recognized as an evidence based program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This program model has been successful in reducing the rate of hospitalization and incarcerations, and in securing longer-term and better paid employment for its members. There are 326 Clubhouses in more than 32 countries around the world that follow this program model.
The Clubhouse has an open door policy: adults living with serious and persistent mental illness, regardless of their insurance status or place of residence within the county, are welcome to join.
Key Clubhouse is a member of Thriving Mind/South Florida Behavioral Health Network, the Managing Entity for state-funded behavioral health services in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
Debra Webb, MPA, APR
Mary Jane Francis
Clubhouse International Standards
Read the 37 standards developed by the Clubhouse International community that we follow at Key Clubhouse.
Board of Directors
Amy McClellan, President
Marilyn Lieberman, Vice President
Lalita Airan, Treasurer
Jeri Beth Cohen
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Sponsored by The Key Clubhouse of South Florida, Inc., Thriving Mind South Florida, and the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families.
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida - 8301 NW 27th Avenue, Suite 102, Miami, FL 33147 - 305-693-3508 - firstname.lastname@example.org