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Fountain House: Creating Community in Mental Health Practice

Alan Doyle, Julius Lanoil, and Kenneth Dudek


Often people with mental illness feel alone in society, with no place to go and little hope. Their isolation can be further perpetuated through typical approaches to treatment, such as case management and psychotherapy. Since 1948, the Fountain House “working community” has worked to address the isolation and social stigmatization faced by people with mental illness. This volume describes in detail its evidence-based, cost-effective, and replicable model, which produces substantive outcomes in employment, schooling, housing, and general wellness. Through an emphasis on personal choice, profess ... More

Keywords: mental illness, treatment, Fountain House, working community, personal choice, social work, psychiatry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231157100
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Doyle, author

Julius Lanoil, author

Kenneth Dudek, author