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. 


Overview of SMCN's Programs and Services:



The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program services are offered on an individual, flexible, around the clock basis; services are offered in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. The services are person-centered and offered on a drop in basis in the person's home. Individuals who are eligible based on diagnosis and financial criteria work with a Rehabilitation Case Specialist to choose a program which will help them meet the goal of preventing institutionalization, and living an active and productive life within the community. Services offered include: linkage to community resources; linkage to psychiatrists and therapists; help with life skills; help with housing searches; financial management/budget assistance; and social skills education. Recovery is the ultimate goal of the program, PRP assists individuals in meeting their definitions of recovery. To qualify, you must be diagnosed with a major mental illness and have either Medical Assistance or otherwise qualify for the public mental health system in the state of Maryland. Adults who receive PRP services will receive an average of two visits per week based upon the standards set by the State of Maryland.  


The goal of the Residential Program is to provide supervised housing to individuals while they are working on their mental health goals. The program provides the following types of housing support services: assistance with developing daily living skills; assistance with developing self-care skills; providing links to community resources; developing a network of natural supports; and providing necessary and appropriate housing support. Individuals must qualify on the basis of psychiatric need and must be eligible for the public mental health system. SMCN has two levels of housing which include: Intensive Level with 24/7 staffing by credentialed Residential Support Specialists and General Level housing where residents receive flexible drop-in support by Rehabilitation Case Specialists. The level of housing is determined by the individuals clinical need, availability and their personal choice. The Residential Program provides services to adults living in Calvert County who are diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. 


The Targeted Case Management Program provides case management services for adults in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. TCM ensures that persons with psychiatric disabilities have the resources they need to enhance their ability to function independently in their community. TCM provides services that are flexible, comprehensive and mobile. Consumers and their families are provided many opportunities to establish peer networks and support systems. TCM services provide the consumer with linkages to community, psychiatric, legal, and medical resources; personalized and participatory goal planning; crisis intervention and 24-hour emergency service; assistance with obtaining/locating transportation and housing; procurement of psychiatric, financial, and medical benefits; assistance with IEP's and socialization/community integration. TCM accepts referrals from a wide variety of sources within the community: self referrals, family members, clinics, hospitals, jails, private practitioners, homeless shelters, the judicial system, schools, and the Department of Social Services. The TCM program serves adults 18 and over who have persistent mental illness, meet medical necessity criteria, and do not have private insurance. 


The Supported Employment Program can introduce or re-introduce individuals with serious and persistent mental illness into paid employment and assist them in being successful; services are offered in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. The desired program outcome would be an eventual transition into full-time competitive employment. For some individuals, steady, part-time employment might be a realistic goal. Individuals engaging in full-time employment will eventually make the transition out of entitlement programs and into a fully financially independent status. Persons who engage in part-time employment would likely retain their benefits and participation in our programming though at a much more reduced level. Many individuals due to the severity of their mental illness have difficulty obtaining and maintaining employment without consistent supports. SMCN provides the supports needed for individuals to gain and maintain competitive meaningful employment. The Supported Employment Program will assist individuals with coordination with other agencies and referrals; vocational assessments; vocational counseling and entitlements; job development; job coaching; and job placement. Services are provided for adults at least 18 years of age, have a severe, persistent mental illness and are interested in employment, education, and training. Individuals must also be eligible for the public mental health system. 


IHIP is a program for children. The program provides intensive in-home services to children, adolescents and their families to increase age appropriate skills and resiliency. IHIP's goal is to reduce the risk of out-of-home placement while improving behavior and strengthening family functioning. Children in the IHIP program will have an individual treatment plan which includes appropriate long-term and short-term goals that your IHIP case worker will help your child work on during home visits. The program intensity is highest during the first 45 days and becomes less intensive thereafter as goals are reached. IHIP is offered in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties. IHIP consumers are between the ages of 5 and 17 years old. Eligibility/participation for this program requires eligibility for Medical Assistance, diagnosis within the target population, and a psychiatrist/therapist referral. 


After the IHIP program is complete or if a child has less intensive needs, the Child/Adolescent PRP program is offered. The PRP offers services to children between the ages of 5 and 17 years old and follows the same eligibility criteria as the IHIP program listed above. C/A PRP is geared toward regaining age appropriate skills, social and behavior needs, achieving school success, increasing family functioning and working on skills with the PRP program. Each consumer will have a treatment plan with short-term and long-term rehabilitation goals that the PRP case worker will help your child work toward during the home visits and in the community. PRP offers and average of one visit per week. The C/A PRP services can be obtained in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties.


The Porter House MHHS Program is designed to provide 24 hour/7 day a week assessment, stabilization, and case management services to mentally ill adults who are at risk for homelessness or who may already be homeless.  A typical length of stay at The Porter House is 10 days.  Program staff will always ensure that each individual is treated with respect, warmth, and dignity in a home-like environment.  When an individual may be in need of a Porter House placement, a referral source must obtain the required information through a face-to-face evaluation with the consumer and complete The Porter House MHHS Program Referral Packet .  A referral packet includes the Referral Application, Assessment of General Health Physical Form and the Screening Assessment. The individual must also sign off in agreement with abiding by the program rules and return this signed form with the Referral Packet. It is imperative that all required documentation is completed in full before an application can be considered for approval.  Mental Health Housing Stabilization services are provided for adults who are at least 18 years of age and reside in either Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's, Anne Arundel, or Prince Georges Counties. 


The PATH program is a voluntary program that serves individuals with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders, who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness. PATH services include community-based outreach, case management and linkage to community services in Charles County.  For further information, please contact Patrice Duperval-Colas, TCM Director of Charles County.


The Community Behavioral Health Liaison (CBHL) accepts referrals for persons in mental health crisis who have interacted with the police, and coordinates mental health resources in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties.  For questions please contact Clara Musser, LCSW-C 410-535-4787 ext. 346, or 443-624-7789 c.


The Youth Jail Re-entry program is created to target youths who are currently incarcerated and are potentially at high risk for recidivism. The premise for services is based on the beliefs and practices that demonstrates- if while incarcerated an individual is provided with specific assessments that identify their risk of re-offending and are provided with services that target their specific support needs then these individuals will most likely not return into the system.  

The population identified for these services is incarcerated youths between the ages of 16-24 incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center. The qualifying inmate will have a sentence of 12-18 months. Services are targeted as pre-release and discharged interventions.

For further information, please contact Patrice Duperval-Colas, TCM Director of Calvert County at 410-535-4787 ext. 313. 

Please click the link below in order to access the Re-entry Resource Guide for Calvert County

Resource Re-entry Guide


Visit the Referral tab to access SMCN's program referrals.  Visit our Eligibility Criteria tab if you have questions about program eligibility.