Tribute to Dr. Ralph Aquila



As one of the world’s leading community psychiatrists, Dr. Aquila has made invaluable contributions to Fountain House for the past two decades.  He conceptualized and founded the Sidney R. Baer, Jr. Center – a comprehensive medical and mental health facility that pioneered the concept of integrated care.  His intelligence, passion and commitment to mental healthcare continue to be a driving force behind the development of many of our most innovative and successful programs, including the Fountain House Wellness Program which is now being replicated in various states and countries around the world.

The event will include a program hosted by Fountain House President Kenn Dudek and will feature a brief performance by Mary Ann McCormick of the Metropolitan Opera. A tribute to Ralph will be presented by Elyn Sacks, the esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and acclaimed author of The Center Cannot Hold.

Dr. Aquila has devoted his career to helping human beings live healthier lives and realize their full potential.  Please help us acknowledge all that he has given to our community and to the world.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Fountain House Wellness Unit

425 West 47th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

About Us

Serious mental illness affects 23 million people in the United States each year. The stigma, rejection, and isolation that accompany mental illness are often as damaging and debilitating as the illness itself.

Fountain House reduces the devastating social impact of mental illness. Every day, hundreds of members, people living with serious mental illness, choose to come to Fountain House to contribute their talents, learn new skills, access opportunities, and forge friendships.

Members and staff operate successful employment, education, wellness, and housing programs and work as partners to perform all the functions that keep our community going. Our activities and programs are designed to provide opportunities and, at the same time, produce the desire and confidence to pursue them. Working together, we create a culture that transforms lives.

The Fountain House model has been replicated in more than 300 locations in 30 countries and 32 states and currently serves more than 100,000 people with mental illness worldwide. As originators of this approach, we provide leadership by constantly advancing the practice and by leading the conversation around mental health recovery.

Learn more here


Jenna Sakolsky

212.582.0341 ext. 336




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