FH Symposium and Luncheon Honors Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal

Posted on May 7, 2014

(l-r) Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal, Dr. Marc Galanter, Dr. Ashli Sheidow, and William Cope Moyers(l-r) Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal, Dr. Marc Galanter, Dr. Ashli Sheidow, and William Cope Moyers

Fountain House raised a record-breaking 1.2 million dollars at The 11th Annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon, held on May 5, 2014. The event, titled The Challenges of Dual-Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, took place at the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre, located at 2 East 61st Street in Manhattan, where nearly 600 guests convened to honor Mitchell S. Rosenthal, MD, founder of Phoenix House, for his lifelong contributions to the field of recovery. 

Recent studies suggest that nearly one-third of people with all mental illnesses and approximately one-half of people with serious mental illnesses (such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) abuse substances. Moreover, it is estimated that more than one-third of all alcohol abusers and more than one-half of all drug abusers are battling mental illness.
The Symposium panel discussion, geared to a lay audience, featured a trio of distinguished panelists:
  • Marc Galanter, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, NYU School of Medicine;
  • William Cope Moyers, Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations at Hazelden and New York Times best-selling author of Broken and Now What? and
  • Ashli J. Sheidow, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina.

Consuelo Mack,founder, anchor and executive producer of Consuelo Mack WealthTrack, served as master of ceremonies.

Lorna Hyde Graev, who founded this yearly event with Lynn Nicholas, PsyD, presented the Fountain House Humanitarian Award to Mitchell S. Rosenthal, MD, a pioneer in the treatment of substance abuse. As a psychiatrist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California in the 1960s, Dr. Rosenthal established the first service-sponsored therapeutic community, successfully treating both alcoholics and drug addicts.

After completing his naval service, he was named deputy commissioner of New York City’s Addiction Services Agency. While holding this post from 1967 to 1970, Dr. Rosenthal founded Phoenix House and built a citywide network of residential treatment facilities and storefront centers. He resigned his city post in 1970 to devote full-time efforts to Phoenix House, the nation’s leading private, non-profit substance abuse services agency.

cochairs.jpgcochairs.jpgThe Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon was established to advance community knowledge about mental illness and to reduce the associated stigma. Funds raised support the groundbreaking employment, education, housing, and wellness programs of Fountain House. 

Event Chairs were Patricia Begley, Kitty de Chazal, Alexandra A. Herzan, Podie Lynch, Carolyn MacKenzie, Anne Mai, Mary Q. Pedersen and Ilyse Wilpon.

Fountain House extends a heartfelt thanks to the Founding Chairs, the Event Co-Chairs, our panelists and honoree, and the many donors, guests, staff, and members of the Fountain House community who made the Symposium and Luncheon an overwhelming success.

Camille Tibaldeo
Communications Manager, Fountain Gallery


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