About Prime Time House


Finding Purpose In Your Life

 Prime Time House gave me a purpose in life.  It gave me a reason for functioning, a reason for getting up every day.  Before Prime Time House, I would stay at home, sleep, and do nothing, but now I have a purpose. I have a reason to get out of bed every day.  I have friends.  I have people who I need.  
—Althea, Member

Our Mission:

Prime Time House assists adults with mental illness, as members of society to find pathways to independence and productivity including employment, education, housing, and friendship.  We accomplish this through a philosophy where all members are appreciated and where they establish a foundation of life skills in order to reach their full potential.

Our History:

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 to have a clubhouse as their “prime time” to take advantage of what was being offered, and the name has stayed with the organization since. In the early 1990s, the name of the organization changed to Prime Time House, Inc. Having resided in three different locations since its inception, the Board of Directors purchased the property at 810-836  Main Street in Torrington in 1996, where our campus currently exists.

When you walk into our 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. Prime Time House has been an accredited member of Clubhouse International since 1990. We are one of over 300 Clubhouses around the world that follows the International Standards.

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 a leading community mental health provider. Our services now encompass an evidence-based supported employment program, a tenant-based supported housing program, and a homeless prevention program.


Help Getting Back in the World

 Prime Time House helped me survive, make friends, and get back into the world. I love to help out in the kitchen, because it keeps me busy and teaches me how to help other people.  
—Daryl, Member


Empowerment Through Giving

 This is not where you come and get service. This is where I come and give service. So that empowers me. I can be a service giver. The staff and members work side by side. Members make decisions for the clubhouse. It’s so empowering to be considered not a patient, not somebody with a label, but a member.  
—Willow, Member

Where to find us:

Our main campus is located at:

836 Main Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Phone: 860-618-2479

Normal Hours of Operation are:
Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Program hours vary to include:
Wednesday evenings & 2 Saturdays per month