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 centralmaine.com 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.