Friday, July 20, 2018

Lawrence A. Real, MD

Lawrence (Larry) A. Real, MD
Medical Director

In 2009, Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Real became the first psychiatrist appointed to the Horizon House Board of Directors.  Shortly after that, in July 2010, he joined the agency as Medical Director.  Prior to joining Horizon House, Dr. Real was an integral part of the clinical, administrative, and teaching staff of the Department of Psychiatry in the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network for over 20 years, including serving as Medical Director of the Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment from 1997 to 2010.

Dr. Real graduated from the adult psychiatry residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was co-chief resident, and fulfilled his scholarship obligation to the National Health Service Corps during the early years of his employment at Community Council for MH/MR, where he was medical director from 1982 until 1987.

Dr. Real’s belief in the possibilities of Recovery for those we serve has been a driving force behind his efforts.  He has a unique ability to introduce his clinical expertise and judgment into a discussion while demonstrating an equal respect for the opinions and expertise of others — most importantly, of the individual being served.  Under his leadership, Horizon House has been able to continue to attract the most highly regarded group of community psychiatrists in the region–a legacy that will be critical to our continued growth and success.

Dr. Real’s accomplishments includes the 2017 Paul J. Fink Leadership Award from the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, the 2013 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from NAMI, PA, the 2012 Bell of Hope Award from the Mental Health Association of SE PA, and the 2011 “Righteous Person” award from TIKVAH/Advocates for the Jewish Mentally Ill, an organization that he co-founded.    He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a charter member of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council, as well as a past president of both the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Societies.

In 2015 Dr. Real accepted the position as the Chief Medical Officer for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services.

Dr. Real returned to Horizon House in 2018, to resume his role as Medical Director, and to serve as the Co-Director of the Fellowship in Public Psychiatry program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Horizon House IS Smoke-Free

It’s official! Horizon House became a smoke-free environment as of July 1, 2018. With the support from top management, advanced planning, and communications, allowing agency-wide feedback, we’ve made it. We recognize that choosing to become a smoke-free environment may not be easy for some, but in the long run, we know that it is the right decision for everyone. We will continue to help those that are still on the fence by offering smoking cessation classes, education materials, and other resources to help everyone with this transition.
We are excited to choose a New Normal for Horizon House- breathing cleaner air.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Horizon House Community Answering Our Call for Assistance

“When you go through a dark time and cannot see any light ahead, your true friends will SHINE like diamonds.” We are grateful to call the phenomenal women of The Sophia Group friends. We thank Pat Nagor, host of Living Well with Pat Nogar for initiating the call to action immediately after being informed of the devastating recent 3-alarm fire that tore through an apartment building in Norristown, leaving the two men served by Horizon House homeless. The unbelievable response to her call resulted in three women operated businesses opening their doors to serve as collections points and the collection of clothing and loads of household goods to help replace everything lost during the fire.

If you would like to join this effort, please go to our and click the Donate Now Button.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Remembering the 26th Annual Golf Outing

Horizon House would like to thank the sponsors, golfers, and volunteers who generously donated your time and money to make the 26th annual golf outing, held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club an incredible success. Because of your wonderful generosity, our fundraising goal of $115,000.00 was exceeded.

The marvelous day on the course was followed by the incredible story told by Frank, a recipient of Horizon House services, and the hilarious impressions of Philly’s own radio personality and comedian, Joe Conklin.

While some golfers walked away with bragging rights for next year, we all left knowing that our mission to improve the lives of the men and women we serve is being accomplished.

A Glimpse of the Day

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Congratulations to our Grand Beach Raffle Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Beach Raffle! As you may already know, 100 percent of the money from each and every raffle ticket sale directly supports the people served by Horizon House.

We want to sincerely thank our amazing raffle sponsor for their generous donation as well. Thank you for helping support the important work Horizon House does to help change so many lives in our community.