Persistent mental illness and substance abuse can isolate a person and their families from normal life.

1 in 5 American adults suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse

This translates into roughly 90,000 citizens in Williamson County.

Lost wages and productivity, expensive hospitalizations, homelessness, and criminal justice involvement add up to an estimated annual $300 million dollar impact for Williamson County.

Because Texas is in last place among states in spending on mental health/substance abuse, we focus our state's resources on hospitalization, rehab, and crisis care.

There are very few long term recovery options to help people find ways to get out of this vicious cycle and become a productive, independent, happy part of our community again

Not only does this situation often puts unbearable pressure on our families and communities, there is the economic cost to our county as well.



Several studies show club house organizations like ours (see produce higher rates of employment, longer job tenures, and higher pay than other programs helping those living with mental illness and/or substance abuse. A recent study of 25 clubhouses showed an annual combined earnings of $11 million dollars among its members, most of whom were on disability before becoming a member of a clubhouse.


Here in Texas, our four existing clubhouses have shown that we can help members find employment within an average of 68 days, compared to the 701 days it takes on average for DARS (our state agency tasked with helping people on disability find jobs).


*Our Executive Director wrote the manual on how Texas can improve helping people living with disability find work. He has helped hundreds of people get back into the workplace!


For numerous reasons, run-ins with the law are not unusual for people living with mental illness and/or substance abuse. In Williamson County, an estimated 35 percent of county inmates have a diagnosable mental illness with many more inmates struggling with substance abuse. Studies show that involvement with an organization like Pavilion reduces criminal justice system involvement.


One study in San Antonio shows that, among those who have mental illness and have been arrested, 64 percent have been arrested again within 18 months of the previous arrest. Of those involved with the San Antonio clubhouse who have been arrested, only 6 percent were arrested again. 


Pavilion can be a key factor in helping to reduce incarcerations in Williamson County.


One study/survey taken in 2016, 73 percent of members who had been previously hospitalized indicated it was the clubhouse environment that enabled them to stay out of the hospital. Another study shows that membership in an organization like Pavilion can reduce hospitalizations by over 30 percent.


In a study done by the Maryland Public Health System in 2016 (in conjunction with John Hopkins Medical School) shows that the state of Maryland saved $10,182 per active clubhouse member per year. Using that metric, Pavilion, with just 50 members, could save $500,000 in healthcare costs each year!

Why? Because Pavilion can give its members self-confidence, a sense of community, purpose, and hope. Those are powerful tools when recovering from mental illness and substance abuse. 


With closer friendships through organizations like Pavilion and peers they can rely on, studies show that clubhouse members report a significantly higher sense of well being. In fact, a study of the four clubhouses in Texas and their members show the following:

  • 84% stated that their mental health has improved.

  • 81% have indicated that they are more hopeful about the future.

  • 74% reported they are more independent as a person due to clubhouse involvement.

That is our ultimate goal - happier and healthier people!