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:

  • People have the right to shape their own destiny
  • People are the focus of everything we do
  • Employee involvement is our way of life
  • We are socially responsible
  • We do not discriminate against any qualified individual with a disability


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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