Friends Hospital, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is recognized as one of the premier mental hospitals in the United States. Founded by Quakers in 1813 as "The Asylum for Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason," and later known as the "Frankford Asylum for the Insane," it was the first private psychiatric hospital in the U.S. Friends Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Mission Statement of 1813
"To provide for the suitable accommodation of persons who are or may be deprived of the use of their reason, and the maintenance of an asylum for their reception, which is intended to furnish, besides requisite medical aid, such tender, sympathetic attention as may soothe their agitated minds, and under the Divine Blessing, facilitate their recovery."

Friends Professional Associates was launched in 1996, providing behavioral health services in eight outpatient offices in suburban Philadelphia. In 1998, Larkspur Health Network, Inc. is formed which allows Friends to provide emergency behavioral health services through the Crisis Response Center.

Patient Services: Adolescent Services, a range of inpatient hospital services for adolescents suffering from emotional problems, with or without substance abuse.
  • Adult Services, an inpatient program for adults ages 18 to 60.
  • Older Adult Services, the first program in the Delaware Valley specifically designed for elderly with a mental illness.
  • The Greystone Program, a long-term residential facility on the main campus in Northeast Philadelphia.
  • The Eating Disorders Program for adults and adolescents, both male and female.
  • 24-hour nursing care in all units.
  • Arrangement with nearby facilities for specialized laboratory tests and x-rays.
  • Psychological testing for diagnostic assessment and assistance in treatment.
  • Individual and group therapy.
  • Expressive therapies including art, movement, music and video therapy.
  • A nationally recognized horticultural therapy program.
  • Assistance to help patients and their families with after-care arrangements.
Associated Programs: Friends Professional Associates, Inc., a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of Friends Hospital, enables a full range of mental health services to be provided to residents throughout the Delaware Valley.

Admissions & Evaluation Center(AEC)
The Admissions & Evaluation Center at Friends Hospital, is a behavioral health service providing assessment, evaluation and treatment for those in crisis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is staffed by psychiatrists, registered nurses, case managers, and consumer/family advocates, ensuring that clinical needs and basic social services are met. The confidential services offered by the AEC include:
  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment;
  • Drug and alcohol evaluation and intervention;
  • Identification of treatment alternatives;
  • Referral services to ensure access to needed services;
  • Confidential crisis counseling and support;
  • A free 24-hour crisis hotline.
"Pennsylvania was previously the Northeast state with the strongest programs for eating disorders. Belmont Behavioral Health in Philadelphia continues to offer inpatient, partial and intensive outpatient treatment under the directorship of Dr. Susan Gordon. The Renfrew Center, with locations throughout the Philadelphia area, offers residential and step-down services, including day treatment and intensive outpatient services. Friends Hospital was the only program in the area to admit patients through their psychiatric emergency service, which resulted in immediate admission and is often important for a disorder like anorexia or bulimia where rapid stabilization of psychiatric symptoms can be a lifesaver.

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