Who We Are | Fountain House

Fountain House successfully addresses the devastating impact of serious mental illness. We were founded in New York City in 1948 with the belief that people living with mental illness can be active participants in their own and each other’s recovery. Each year, over 1,300 members come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities and forge new friendships.  

Fountain House creates a culture that transforms lives. Our members, in partnership with staff, operate employment, education, housing, and wellness programs. They perform all activities, including advocacy, administrative support, building maintenance and food preparation that keep our community going.   Members hold jobs, graduate from schools, develop social networks and experience fewer hospitalizations and improved overall health.  Increased fulfillment, sense of purpose, and stability inevitably follow.

Medical Advisory Board

IGURD ACKERMAN, MD
Silver Hill Hospital

RALPH AQUILA, MD
St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital

ROBERT CANCRO
NYU Langone Medical Center

GABRIELLE A. CARLSON, MD
Stony Brook University School of Medicine

KEN DUCKWORTH, MD
Harvard Medical School

MARK A. FRYE, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester

JIMMIE C. HOLLAND, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

DONALD C. GOFF, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center

ELIZABETH A. KASTELIC, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

PETER D. KRAMER, MD
Brown University School of Medicine

JEFFREY A. LIEBERMAN, MD
Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute

GERALD MAGUIRE, MD
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

UNA D. MCCANN, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

DENNIS J. MCCRORY, MD
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

W. WALTER MENNINGER, MD
The Menninger Foundation

MARK OLFSON, MD, MPH
Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute

GERARD SANACORA, MD, PHD
Yale University School of Medicine

WILLIAM T. STUBENBORD
Weill Cornell Medical College

PETER WEIDEN, MD
University of Illinois at Chicago

PHILIP J. WILNER, MD, MBA
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical College

Fountain House has inspired the creation of hundreds of similar programs in 34 countries that serve more than 100,000 people annually.  In 2014, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation recognized our global reach and the efficacy of our evidence-based model with the prestigious Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.