Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.

Rockville, MD   |


Cornerstone Montgomery empowers people living with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders to thrive in their community through collaboration, treatment, education and advocacy.

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President & CEO

Ms. Cari Guthrie

Main address

2 Taft Court Suite 200

Rockville, MD 20850 USA

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Formerly known as

St. Luke's House

Threshold Services



NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One out of every five people in the United States experiences a mental health disorder. This is something that touches everyone and does not discriminate. The Mental Health Association published The State of Mental Health in America in 2016 that found nationally, 57% of all adults with mental illness receive no treatment and, in some states, it can be as high as 70%. Many of these people are also uninsured and cost is certainly a barrier to treatment. Maryland ranked 13th in terms of low prevalence of mental illness and high rates of access to care. The ranking was 6th for adults and 21st for youth. However, Maryland ranked 37th with 60% of adults with any mental illness not receiving treatment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Career Transition Program

CTP provides a unique combination of mental health and career/vocational resources to assist students and their families in identifying and obtaining necessary resources to assist in a successful transition from school to work or post-secondary academic environments

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
At-risk youth

RRP provides comprehensive and individualized psychiatric rehabilitation services for individuals who choose to live in a Cornerstone Montgomery operated residence.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

The OMHC provide a full range of mental health, psychiatric and therapeutic treatment services.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

This program provides comprehensive and individualized psychiatric supports for individuals living in their own home, or living in housing provided by other nonprofit organizations in the community.

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities

IDDT focuses specifically on integrating mental health and substance use disorder treatments for individuals who are dually diagnosed.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CARF 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of service recipients who are employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Cornerstone Montgomery's vocational program helps people recovering from mental illness find, get and keep employment.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. is a CARF-accredited nonprofit organization empowering 2,500 adults and transition aged youth in 88 locations throughout Montgomery County, Maryland who are living with severe mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders to live, work and be a part of the community. We specialize in the provision of comprehensive, community- and evidence-based mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder treatments, specifically targeting individuals who are living in poverty and require severe behavior health interventions. A dedicated staff of more than 300 is reinforced by approximately 100 volunteers and 300 partnerships with nonprofits, employers, hospitals, business mentors and educational institutions.

Our mission is to empower people with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders to live, work and integrate successfully within the community. Our programs help people find and keep housing, train for new jobs, and lead independent lives and we offer hope to people in their recovery. Cornerstone Montgomery treats each individual’s unique profile of needs, and our approach is based on an integrated care model to help ensure that each individual receives a full complement of services. The integrative/wraparound method leverages Cornerstone Montgomery’s strengths in providing behavioral health care and related support services to this population, while also connecting with other partners in various capacities to provide continuous flow of care. Our organization consistently innovates our approaches to serve our community in the most effective and impactful way possible. Our vision is to be bearers of hope, guiding people to their full potential and a meaningful life of their choosing.

Since Cornerstone Montgomery began delivering behavioral healthcare services to a predominantly low-income population, the organization has differentiated itself in different ways. While staying focused on our mission, Cornerstone Montgomery remains deeply committed to providing evidence-based practices while finding innovative community-based solutions to address the unmet needs within Montgomery County. One of the most important ways we are improving the overall life experience of our clients is by integrating our programs and programs offered by other providers into one facility. This is to ensure our clients are able to travel the shortest distance to a better life.

Examples of our evidence-based programs include:
For over 10 years we have been one of only two programs in the State of Maryland to implement the EBP Integrated Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders (IT-COD) and Illness Management and Recovery (IMR).
Our Supported Employment Program (SEP) have the best outcomes in the state with over 65% employment rate, even though several other programs exist.

A residential program that specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Treatment for people with personality and emotional regulation disorders. Clients are referred around the state for this evidence-based program. In the past two years we also added 20 Permanent Supported Housing (PSH) units in the community. We identified a great need for affordable housing and successfully applied for a community bond bill from the state and county to purchase 10 properties all over the county.

We aim to establish ourselves in the community as good neighbors and a resource for information about behavioral healthcare symptoms and treatment operations. We regularly attend more than 15 HOA and Civic Association meetings in all of the communities in which our services are provided. Our goal is to create positive relationships, respond to any questions, and offer education and resources. We trained six MHFA trainers as part of a partnership with Nexus Montgomery.

In order maintain key partnerships with elected officials and other decision makers while advocating for our clients, Cornerstone Montgomery is involved with a number of working groups and advocacy efforts. By participating in these groups, Cornerstone Montgomery has become a recognized leader and a sounding board regarding county, state and federal policy decisions.

Cornerstone Montgomery is the largest and most comprehensive mental health organization in Montgomery County, Maryland. We are an independent, nonsectarian, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the capacity to serve over 2,500 adults and transition aged youth at 88 facilities who are living with severe mental illness and co-occurring mental illness and substance use issues. The organization focuses on recovery to increase independence and self- sufficiency; assists individuals in becoming less dependent on emergency supports for crisis and symptoms management reduces the use of high cost services (hospital admissions and Emergency Department visits); and increases engagement in the community. Cornerstone Montgomery works for stability and improvements in all areas of behavioral and somatic health for the individuals we serve. Our services focus on long-term therapeutic, medication management and counseling support, as well as vocational services, housing for those with behavioral health issues/disorders, and integration of evidence-based practices into the service delivery model.

Cornerstone Montgomery’s Board of Directors provides oversight and governance through specific committees that are geared towards different focus areas and have clearly defined roles and responsibilities.

While the strength of our organization lies in our partnerships and integration of our services in the community, some challenges include Medicaid/Medicare financing as this does not cover all of our expenses, supporting seniors as they age in place and maintaining/managing all of the 88 properties that Cornerstone Montgomery has throughout the county. We update and maintain our strategic plan to address these challenges and create mitigation strategies to ensure we consistently address them with our staff and board.

As Cornerstone Montgomery continues to grow as an organization with a $26 million budget in FY2020, the organization effectively manages millions in grant funding, contracts and a fee-for service model to ensure its continued impact in the community. In FY2020, the primary revenue sources for Cornerstone Montgomery include: program-generated revenues through Medicaid and other insurance (91%), government contracts (6.6%), grants/foundations/contributions (1%) and other funding (1.4%).

Cornerstone Montgomery is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation. This accreditation has allowed Cornerstone Montgomery to expand into new areas and serves as an indication of the organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. In addition, the organization has received the Above and Beyond Award by the National Guard and Reserve Forces for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the Maryland Works for Employment for People with Disabilities presented Cornerstone Montgomery with Workforce Professional of the Year and Employee of the Year awards. In FY2019 Cornerstone Montgomery received a two-year federal grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Award of a two-year SAMHSA expansion grant through the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grant Program.
Additional highlights of our programs demonstrate our commitment to offering services where people need them and in the most effective way possible. Given our strategic priority of offering more co-located services at our facilities, Cornerstone Montgomery is working towards this goal in real time:
1. Cornerstone Montgomery, Interfaith Works, CCI Health and Wellness co-located in 2017 to provide integrated mental health services, primary care and shelter services at one location (2 Taft Court).
2. In order to ensure effective employer relationships, Cornerstone Montgomery maintains partnerships with approximately 300 businesses for Vocational Program.
3. Through Nexus Montgomery, Cornerstone Montgomery engaged in a county-wide hospital coalition providing financial support for the ACT team and for third Residential Crisis Services home.
4. Cornerstone Montgomery offers clinical services within county shelters through a partnership with Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless.
5. Maryland Legal Aid services are offered at HUBs weekly.
6. Montgomery County Collaboration Council works in partnership with Cornerstone Montgomery to offer training to the community on selected behavioral healthcare related topics.
7. Cornerstone Montgomery offers telehealth to increase access to behavioral health services for underserved communities upon discharge from hospital care for ongoing behavioral health management. Cornerstone Montgomery works with homeless shelters and services in the county to provide behavioral health care via telehealth to the homeless community and veterans to address the need for coordination between hospitals and providers.
8. Cornerstone Montgomery has secured accreditation as a National Continuing Education Unit (CEU) provider for educational programs

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people


Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.

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Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Catherine Costopoulos

The RMR Group

Catherine Costopoulos

RMR Real Estate Services

James Washington

Seventy2 Capital

Moe Abutaleb

Ultistat, Inc. (Retired)

Alice Boatman

Montgomery College

Joey Chambers

Capital Bank

Erkan Erdem


Amanda Freeman

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

Ashley Freeman

Don't Die Afraid

Christine Fruehwirht

Flexcareers Counseling

Jennifer Jette

Friedlander Misler, PLLC

Tami Mark

RTI International

Mark Robins

Aronson, LLC

Sarah Sowden

The Food and Drug Administration

Orlando Wright

American Society for Addiction

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/12/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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