"I deeply value our relationship with Fountain House. The work it does to ensure that people with mental illness achieve their potential and are treated with respect is absolutely invaluable, and the level and quality of support it gives its student-members is unmatched." -Jennifer Raab President, Hunter College
Fountain House operates the nation’s largest Supported Education Program for people living with mental illness. We offer the academic, financial and social supports to help members continue with or return to school. The program addresses the full spectrum of members’ educational aspirations, from learning to read to obtaining a graduate degree.
Fountain House makes it possible for everyone who has the desire to learn to return to or advance their studies, regardless of their previous education, illness, or particular disability. The program provides support and guidance in navigating the many challenges prospective students face and helps them acquire the skills, resources, confidence and motivation they need to succeed.
Members’ school completion rates are 65% vs. 32% for the general US population of people living with mental illness. In 2013, it was awarded the First Prize for Excellence in Education by the National Council on Behavioral Health.
The program oversees the distribution of scholarship awards for academic degrees and technical certifications to hundreds of members each year. These awards are particularly important for members – many of whom live below the poverty line and find educational expenses daunting and the opportunity to explore new interests out of reach.