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“Grateful to be alive”: Clubhouse programs take pressure off overwhelmed Texas mental health hospitals

Thousands of people are discharged from Texas mental health hospitals yearly, and so-called step-down programs like clubhouses can help them integrate back into the community.

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 29: Austin Clubhouse member Jonathan Denhart poses for a portrait at Hyde Park Christian Church in Austin, Texas on May 29, 2024. Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune

The Austin Clubhouse at Hyde Park Christian Church in Austin on May 29, 2024.
AUSTIN, TX - MAY 29: The Austin Clubhouse at Hyde Park Christian Church in Austin, Texas on May 29, 2024. Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune
AUSTIN, TX - MAY 29:  Austin Clubhouse members wash dishes at Hyde Park Christian Church in Austin, Texas on May 29, 2024. Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune

A second chance

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 29: Austin Clubhouse member Abdul Badinit poses for a portrait  at Hyde Park Christian Church in Austin, Texas on May 29, 2024. Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune

Patients created their own program

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 29: Austin Clubhouse member Rebekah Johnson-Carson poses for a portrait  at Hyde Park Christian Church in Austin, Texas on May 29, 2024. Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune

“I am grateful to be alive”

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 29: Austin Clubhouse members Abdul Badini and John Woods (left to right) shop for groceries in H-E-B in Austin, Texas on May 29, 2024. Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune

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