Our Mission

Southern Maryland Community Network (SMCN) forms a partnership between people with mental health needs and their community to foster understanding, empowerment, integration and enhanced quality of life. 

Welcome to SMCN!


Southern Maryland Community Network, Inc., is a private, non-profit mental health agency serving individuals in the Tri-County area that have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses.



Our Guiding Principles and Values:

How we accomplish our mission is as important as the mission itself. Essential to our success are the following guiding principles and core values (SMCN Cares):

Service Oriented

  • SMCN believes in treating our customers right That includes persons served, staff and community partners. How you do anything is how you do everything.


  • SMCN believes that you meet the person where they are. We use the internal drive of each person to inspire our work.


  • SMCN believes in wrapping a network around each individual. We collaborate with service providers, natural supports and the community to support each person's recovery.


  • SMCN provides guidance to help you navigate through your barriers and achieve your goals. We begin with the end in mind.



  • SMCN believes in acting as a coach not an expert. The person served is the architect of their recovery.


  • SMCN is a nationally accredited organization. We survey our staff and Stakeholders and respond to the changing needs.

Recovery driven

  • SMCN empowers persons served and advocates for reducing stigma and increasing community inclusion for persons with behavioral health conditions.


  • SMCN uses data to drive management, strategy and programming. We believe that knowing the facts helps us make better decisions.


  • SMCN believes in helping persons served to overcome their barriers with goals and aspirations and helps persons served to build the skills to keep succeeding.


Our Services:

Southern Maryland Community Network offers round the clock, flexible, individualized services in the community. Our Services assist people to:

  • Access Transportation
  • Access Medical Care
  • Find Housing
  • Handle Financial Responsibilities
  • Comply with Mental Health Treatment
  • Find Legal Resources
  • Access Benefits like Medical Assistance, SSI, SSDI, etc.
  • Reduce Hospitalization
  • Improve Family Relationships
  • Improve Personal Support Network
  • Find & Keep Employment while Maintaining your Benefits
  • Improve School Functioning
  • Assist with Daily Living and Social Skills

  Meet our Executive Director


  Karen Carloni

Karen joined SMCN in 2000 as the Rehabilitation Services Director.  She has a Master's Degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida.  In 2002, she became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and was named Deputy Director of SMCN. Her role involved supervising middle management, program services and development duties while assisting the Executive Director in strategic planning and grant writing.  In 2013, John Bennett, Executive Director retired after over 20 years of service to SMCN and Karen Carloni was selected as his successor. Since the Spring of 2013, Karen has focused on program expansion including new police liaison and homeless outreach programs and developing results-based management systems. Karen also completed her LGPC license from the Board of Professional Counselors and completed a year of continuing education at Bowie State University. She completed the Executive Leadership Program of the National Council on Behavioral Health and is currently participating in Leadership Southern Maryland.




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