Vail Place Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Vail Place Celebrates 35th Anniversary

Minnesota Clubhouse organization celebrates 35 years supporting adults with mental illness

HOPKINS, MINN. (PRWEB) MAY 19, 2016 – Vail Place, a non-profit organization providing comprehensive services and resources for adults with serious mental illnesses, announced it is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2016. The agency provides community-based support based on the internationally-proven Clubhouse model as well as case management, collaborative community programs and outreach services throughout the Twin Cities. The Clubhouse model provides a person-centered approach to mental health recovery that has been at the forefront of promoting integrated health care for people with serious mental illnesses. Vail Place was recently designated a Clubhouse Orientation Site by Clubhouse International and is developing training to introduce Clubhouse to other programs in the Midwest.

“Vail Place has always been a model based on integration from the perspective of both health care and community,” said Vicky Couillard, Executive Director of Vail Place, who has been with the organization for more than 26 years. “We put the person first, and focus on their strengths as an individual rather than their illness. As a result, Vail Place has built a remarkable history of helping people with serious mental illnesses in their recovery to lead full and satisfying lives.”

In the past year, Vail Place has committed to a more visible leadership role within Minnesota’s mental health system. Representatives from the agency are working with several strategic community partners and health care providers to promote the integration of physical and mental health services. Vail Place’s Clubhouse approach provides comprehensive, integrated programs that include employment, housing, benefits assistance, and health and wellness. Services are delivered in a manner that promotes the self-sufficiency and overall quality of life of people with mental illnesses.

“It’s been a great opportunity to be part of expanding integrated health care here in Minnesota,” said John Duffy, Board Chair of Vail Place. “Vail Place has become a key player in mental health care as our health care systems continue to evolve. We are absolutely dedicated to maintaining our focus on integrated care as we move forward in 2016 and beyond.” Duffy cited recent areas of growth in community collaboration such as the agency’s growing relationship with North Memorial Health Care, its participation in state-wide mental health programs and partnerships with several State of Minnesota programs.

Founded in 1981 and named after Dr. David Vail, a pioneer in the treatment of mental health, Vail Place currently operates two Clubhouses in Hopkins and Minneapolis, in addition to numerous site-based and collaborative community programs. In 2013, the organization’s Minneapolis location received the highest possible three-year accreditation from Clubhouse International and is seeking re-certification in 2016.

About Vail Place
Vail Place is a non-profit organization based in Hopkins, Minnesota. The organization was founded in 1981 to provide community-based recovery services for adults with serious mental illness. Vail Place operates two Clubhouses in Hopkins and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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