Prime Time House began as Cooks Vocational Enterprises in 1988 with two grants from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services - one for providing vocational services and the other to provide psychosocial services to adults with mental illness in Litchfield County. It was established early on that the "Clubhouse Model" was the best practice in delivering these services. Program participants decided having a clubhouse was their "prime time" to take advantage of what was being offered, and the name has stayed with the organization since. In the early 1990's, the name of the organization changed to Prime Time House, Inc. Having resided in 3 different locations since its inception, the Board of Directors purchased the property at 810 Main Street in Torrington in 1996, where our campus currently exists.
When you walk into Prime Time Clubhouse, you will immediately notice that we are different from other mental health programs. We are a program where all members are needed, wanted and appreciated. Our goal is to help members establish a foundation of skills that can be utilized in the greater community. Members are involved in all aspects of the operation of the Clubhouse program. All of us at the Clubhouse believe in individual abilities and strengths as opposed to a diagnosis or illness. Together, staff and members work side by side on achieving our goals and aspirations in an effort to better our Clubhouse community and ourselves as individuals. Prime Time Clubhouse has been a member of Clubhouse International since 1990. We are one of over 300 Clubhouses around the world that follows the International Standards for Clubhouse programs.
Prime Time House aims to address identified needs with increased community services. The agency has grown from a single “Clubhouse Model” of psychiatric rehabilitation into to a leading community mental health provider. Our services now encompass an evidence based supported employment program, and a tenant based supported housing program.
The History of Clubhouses