Mental Health, Crisis Intervention

Cornerstone Recovery Inc

  • Houston, TX
  • www.cornerstonerecovery.org

Mission Statement

The mission is to give hope and healing to teens and families through early recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Cornerstone's vision is to provide a Best Practice substance abuse treatment program that changes lives of teens and families in the greater Houston area and to promote its replication in other communities.

Main Programs

  1. Outreach Program
  2. Clinical Program
  3. Adventure Learning Program

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer

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Dr Anette Edens

Keywords

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Adolescent Substance Abuse, Alternative Peer Group, Teen Recovery, Teen Substance Abuse, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, Family Counseling

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EIN

76-0655123

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Licensed as a nonresidential Clinical Treatment facility, Cornerstone Recovery has a proven history of operating a highly effective program that surpasses other adolescent recovery programs in the United States. Cornerstone's program model is unique among other Alternative Peer Group recovery programs because of the successful combination of three programs --the Clinical Program, the Outreach Program, and year round Adventure Learning Program. Teen treatment programs generally offer clinical services, some may have 12-Step focused programs with spiritual components. But Cornerstone offers clinical services embracing a highly spiritual philosophy within an alternative peer group that serves the entire family. This is combined with the year round Adventure Learning Program which puts the principles into action that drive spiritual and emotional growth. Based on a three-year study, Cornerstone Recovery conducted long-term outcome evaluations together with Houston's prestigious Baylor College of Medicine to access the impact of the program model, revealing outcomes well above the nationally published statistics of 36% of youth who maintained one year of sobriety after discharge. Cornerstone's outcomes revealed 89% of youth were sober one year after discharge. With its focus on rehabilitation of the whole family, Cornerstone Recovery creates a culture of recovery and mutual support, a "village" within which kids learn to help each other, parents know and support each other, and the parents are close to the teens with whom their child associates. Cornerstone engages afflicted teens and families on a daily basis to weave together treatment, skill training, social activities, outdoor adventure, parent-driven recovery, and leadership development over the course of 18 months to three years. Cornerstone is unique from other recovery programs because there is no other non-residential organization that provides this combination of comprehensive services that are provided by Cornerstone, and no other organization that has achieved the success rates of Cornerstone treatment.

Programs

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

Program 1

Outreach Program

Cornerstone's Outreach Program includes all of the activities that lead us to health but are not therapy, such as 12-Step meetings, retreats, social functions, and step studies. Cornerstone provides an alternative peer group for teens as they learn to live a sober life. Families attend multiple weekly 12-Step meetings, at least five staffed and sober social activities each week, and numerous weekend activities. Social activities include a safe after-school program for teens to "hang-out" in a supervised location and staffed functions each Saturday evening. Events are regularly organized as parent teen activities aimed at helping families learn to have fun together doing healthy ativities. A variety of retreats (for parents and teens) and workshops for parents create self-exploration and bonding. Each client receives an individualized treatment plan which is monitored and updated weekly. Teens must participate in all Outreach activities and are restricted from former friends. Parents must provide an alcohol and drug free home for their child. The Intensive Outreach Program (IOP) provides a consistent, challenging and safe place for teens to heal and learn the basics of recovery, which will remain an important focus throughout their lives.The typical length of stay in IOP is 10 months. Clients graduate from this aspect of Cornerstone when they are honest, have self-esteem, are no longer manipulative or self-centered, and have a sincere commitment to sobriety and productive engagement in society. The graduation ceremony includes a detailed apology to all of their family members for all of the ways in which they disrespected, harmed, or endangered them in any way. They also must make a clear statement of their goals for the family relationships and for their own future productivity. This ceremony takes place in front of Cornerstone clients and counselors. Additional weekly group therapies for adolescents include the Second-Stage gender group meetings. Second-Stage is provided for clients who have completed the intensive outpatient treatment or who have achieved at least six months of sobriety and are actively participating in the Outreach program. The focus of this group is to ensure that clients are actively engaged in school and/or work and are managing their family and peer relationships responsibly. These clients become leaders of the outreach program through an intensive leadership intern program, learn to plan activities and function as mentors to new clients entering Cornerstone.

Category

Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

None

Budget

Program 2

Clinical Program

Cornerstone's Clinical Program offers addicted teens the highest quality counseling and support, and is constantly evaluated for increased effectiveness. The program relies on the highest level of care and counseling by trained and compassionate staff. Cornerstone is a licensed outpatient treatment facility for adolescents and their families, and provides a full range of clinical services from intensive outpatient to cognitive behavioral (individual and family therapy) to process groups (Second Stage Groups, and Gender Groups). Clinical counseling components include Individual counseling, Family counseling, Intensive Outpatient group (meets four days per week for 2 1/2 hours each day), Second Stage Group Therapy (weekly group for those who meet specific criteria); Gender Groups (weekly group for those who meet specific criteria); and Climbers, a weekly multifamily parent group. Most treatment programs offer clinical services; and many offer a 12-Step environment that is highly spiritual. Cornerstone is the only adolescent treatment program that offers these services within an alternative peer group that serves the entire family. Cornerstone's treatment goals focus on character development, not just sobriety.

Category

Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

None

Budget

Program 3

Adventure Learning Program

Cornerstone has a mind-body-spirit program that provides intensive weekly physical fitness training and year round outdoor adventure learning opportunities. The program provides opportunities to physically experience the principles that drive emotional and spiritual growth. This program addresses the importance of self-care and helps teens overcome their self-imposed limitations. Cornerstone is the only non-residential program in the country that offers this combination of services. The Adventure Learning Program has been described by participants as turning points in their recovery. It is a major component of Cornerstone's comprehensive treatment plan, is rigorous and disciplined. Adventure Learning draws upon wlderness concepts, outdoor camping and leadership curricula, conservation and stewardship, health and nutrition counseling, Life Skills prevention, and the impact of historical events. The year round program includes a weekly Mountain Bike Program, weekly Fitness Training Program run much like a boot camp, 10 weekend expeditions for teens and parents, two rites-of-passage trips for near graduates, 3 three-week wilderness expeditions for up to 70 adolescents each during summer. Through Adventure Learning activities including mountain biking, strength training, hiking, rock climbing, equine therapy, river rafting, kayaking and other physical activities, treatment is enhanced for both teens, parents and siblings. Students must meet certain criteria before allowed to participate in the summer Wilderness trips including 90 days sober, have quit smoking, are actively participating and working their 12-Step program and attending meetings daily, communicating daily with their counselor, and journaling daily. All activities include Leave No Trace Behind NOLS concepts. Program staff have over 20 years experience taking clients into the wilderness, are highly licensed drug and alcohol addiction counselors (LCDC), hold Wilderness First Responder (WFR) medical certification with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) since 1999, and have completed certification with the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT). Cornerstone programs have taken clients into the wilderness for over 15 years.

Category

Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment Services

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

None

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Cornerstone recognizes that every adolescent who recovers from substance abuse is: 1) one less drug dealer, 2) one less homeless person, 3) one less community health services recipient, 4) one less inmate in the state penetiary, 5) one less preventable fatality. Every adolescent who recovers from substance abuse becomes one more productive adult who can become a role model for healthy choices. In 2013, immediate costs per year of teen addiction include an estimated $84 billion associated with underage drinking and $20 billion in juvenile justice costs. Total costs of substance abuse to federal, state and local governments are at least $600 billion per year - over $5,000 for every household in America. Every year. In addition to the heightened risk of addiction, consequences of teen substance abuse include: injuries; unintended pregnancies; medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, and impaired brain function; academic failure; criminal involvement; and preventable death. The financial outlay burdening the average family prior to enrolling in Cornerstone is $100,000 which funded medical bills, failed treatments, counselors, and attorney fees. And health insurance is rarely helpful for financiing substance abuse treatment. The terrible truth is that nationwide, only 1 in 10 adolescents seeking treatment can afford it. CORNERSTONE'S GOALS: 1) Provide effective treatment and lasting results for families afflicted by adolescent substance abuse/dependence, regardless of their ability to pay. 2) Develop young adults of strong character and leadership out of previous addicts who drained resources. 3) Go beyond healing families to create fully functioning, respectful and grateful relationships among family members.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Cornerstone Recovery's treatment understands that addicted teens need family involvement in their treatment, age-appropriate social activities, and sober peer support. Cornerstone has created the perfect treatment model that is a comprehensive solution unique among Alternative Peer Groups, and is based upon scientifically and experientially proven methods that address the mind, body, and spirit of each client in order to create a holistic recovery experience. STRATEGIES: 1) Out-of-the-box thinking about treatment and adolescent development. 2) Proven methods for healing families, excluding claims managers from treatment decisions. 3) Focus on measureable results, client satisfaction, and a healthy workplace. 4) Strong accountability of leadership, staff, client resources, and client teens.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    * Proven success in terms of sobriety outcomes * Parent and teen surveys * Employee satisfaction * Teens becoming productive, educated citizens * Maintain an open mind and always look for ways to improve. Cornerstone has a proven history of operating highly successful programs that surpass other non-residential adolescent recovery programs in the U.S. Cornerstone Recovery programs include a full range of clinical services for the teen and their families, 12-Step programming, Alternative Peer Group methodology, and a year round Adventure Learning Program. These programs provide leadership development, youth development and community service. Cornerstone is interested in character development, not just sobriety.As teenage substance abuse has become a public health epidemic, and to meet the growing demands, Over the course of ten years, Cornerstone has grown from a one-man operation to employing 15 quality trained and licensed staff members. Cornerstone was founded in 1999 and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2005. The program began with a group of 20 families in Houston and has grown dramatically serving over 300 families a year in Houston as well as satellite offices. Because of its successful programs and community demands, Cornerstone established satellite offices in outlying areas of Kingwood (2007), The Woodlands (2008), Clear Lake (2009), and Sugar Land (2010). Current clients (2013) reside in 74 zip codes within 22 public school districts and 8 counties. Cornerstone's holistic methodology values the mind, body, and spirit as equally important factors of a teen's recovery, and requires parent involvement.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1) Retention in the program. 2) Return of alumni as volunteers. 3) Testimonials. 4) Long-term productivity of alumni teens. 5) Employee commitment and growth. 6) Teen/parent/employee surveys annually.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Cornerstone has experienced successful growth in both capacity and services provided. Indicators are a 1) strong, committed board with 100% representation in giving and leadership; 2) brilliant and experienced loyal staff; 3) broad donor base of repeat donors representing foundations, churches, individuals including clients served and alumni, and a successful corporate match program as well as corporate sponsorship of fundraising events and Adventure Learning expeditions. Since Cornerstone's formation in 1999, Cornerstone has served over 2,200 families, and become well known as a leader in the recovery field with the most successful outcome data evaluations of any program in the country. There is no other nonresidential organization that provides the comprehensive services that are provided by Cornerstone, and no other organization that has achieved the success rate of Cornerstone treatment. 90% of Cornerstone teens remain sober one year after discharge from treatment. The typical treatment outcomes achieve an average of 32% nationally.

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Cornerstone Recovery Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Principal Officer

Dr Anette Edens

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Thomas J. Fritsch

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