The Greystone Program; Friends Hospital

A Supportive Residence at Friends Hospital: Located on the wooded grounds of Friends Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia, the Greystone Program is a community residence serving individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The program was founded in 1980, and is dedicated to helping its residents move toward recovery, greater independence, and an enhanced quality of life. Residents occupy two buildings: the historic Greystone building, which is the former residence for the hospital superintendent’s family, and Hillside house, which is a newer residence built specifically for the program. Residents have full access to the 100-acre grounds of historic Friends Hospital including walking trails, creek, and the local flora and fauna.  Despite its setting as a rural oasis within the city of Philadelphia, the residents also have nearby access to all that the city has to offer. 

Accessing the Program: The Greystone Program is designed to accommodate individuals for several months or as a long-term residence. Many residents have chosen to make the Greystone Program their permanent home, while others have successfully transitioned to less-structured environments. Persons seeking admission to the program should have a history of long-standing mental illness and be able and willing to participate in a structured community setting.  They must be as least 21 years of age, have no major medical needs requiring skilled nursing care, and be free of current destructive behavior or an active drug or alcohol use disorder.  The program does have a specialty in working with individuals in the middle and older adult range.  Access to the program is just a phone call away.

Specialized Treatment: The staff at the Greystone Program recognizes that recovery from mental illness is unique to each individual. Both houses are staffed 24 hours a day, and have access to the hospital’s psychiatric and emergency medical services if needed. Each resident has a multidisciplinary treatment team that can include their psychiatrist, the program nurse, and counseling staff. Families are recognized as important members of the treatment team, and their involvement in care and treatment planning is welcomed and encouraged. Residents receive medication monitoring, therapy and activity groups, and individualized support for the completion of daily activities such as hygiene, food preparation, and socialization. Both houses are comfortable, home-like settings where residents are provided with nutritious meals and recreational activities including community outings.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Greystone Program is to significantly enhance the quality of life for those with serious mental illness through health maintenance, a sense of purpose, and a productive lifestyle.  Emphasizing the development of skills of daily living, socialization and community inclusion, purposeful activity, and recovery enables residents to realize their dignity, worth, and individual potential.