The High Hopes Clubhouse, a program of Kennebec Behavioral Health, and the local branch of an international organization that’s helps people with mental illness train for and hold down jobs, have been recognized as a chapter on distinction.

The High Hopes Clubhouse on College Avenue in Waterville received the distinction among more than 320 such clubhouses from 24 countries.

According to High Hopes has 79% of its active members employed. The Waterville club was formed 20 years ago to provide training, education, jobs and social connections to those with severe and persistent mental illness.