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Cornerstones of Care and Netsmart Align to Accelerate the Integration of Care and Technology in Human Services
Cornerstones of Care and Netsmart Align to Accelerate the Integration of Care and Technology
in Human Services
Affiliation to unite two organizations with the charter of delivering approaches, proof points,
tools and other solutions to all human service providers
Overland Park, Kan., Oct. 8, 2015 – It’s often said, treating the “whole person” requires that technology
be used to break down information silos between social, behavioral and physical care providers. Much
progress has been made, but many challenges remain to ensure our communities are safe, healthy and
Two Kansas City-based organizations, Netsmart and Cornerstones of Care today announced a first-of-a-
kind, multi-pronged affiliation agreement designed to innovate and implement together to positively
impact the health and well-being of children and families.
Fully Aligned Partnership
The partnership is built on three tenets:
Creation of a demonstration site for the utilization of technology to drive real, measureable
Creation of new solutions where gaps exist
Proliferation of the learnings to the rest of the human services industry
“The traditional relationship between a health and human services organization and an EHR provider is
too often oriented around ‘projects’ that have finite beginnings and endings,” said Netsmart CEO Michael
Valentine. “In this case, both Netsmart and Cornerstones of Care were looking to create a relationship
that is designed up front to sustain deep engagement over a very extended period of time. Core to this is
the notion that we are taking a ‘One Team’ approach, in which members from both organizations blend
together from day one to create a shared team with shared objectives. Under this model, we both
measure success in identical ways, which helps to maintain the alignment of the relationship over time.”
Cornerstones of Care provides a full range of prevention, treatment and support services to children and
families, including mental health intervention, psychiatric hospitalization, transitional living services,
prevention and therapeutic treatment services for victims of abuse and neglect, and foster care case
“We are entrusted with providing a programmatic spectrum of care that benefits more than 10,000
children and family members. That’s no small task,” said Cornerstones CEO Denise Cross. “This
partnership with Netsmart gives us the opportunity to transform how we provide services, allowing us to
broaden our reach and have an even greater impact on the children and families we serve. We are
excited to integrate new technologies and a tech culture of innovation with our culture of healing and
nurturing, resulting in cutting-edge service delivery.”
“We both feel a real obligation to be leaders in the human services industry. Together, we will both be
able to accomplish bigger and better things than we could have individually,” said Valentine.
The partnership involves deep interaction and collaboration between clinical, IT and operational
professionals from Netsmart and Cornerstones:
Cornerstones of Care employees will take up residence at Netsmart facilities to learn how
technology capabilities are evaluated and ultimately created.
Netsmart associates will participate in cultural sabbaticals, shadowing clinical staff with the goal
of gaining a deeper understanding of the optimal workflows and content required at the point of
A strong focus will be placed on measuring the impact that the initiatives have on clinical,
financial, and operational outcomes.
Over time, Cornerstones of Care will become a showcase healthcare information technology
space where best practices can be shared with the other HHS providers and communities.
“The long term goal of this immersive collaboration is to foster an environment of integration, innovation,
discovery and knowledge capture,” said Cross. “From this we hope to develop improved clinical and
operational processes and solutions that can be broadly scaled to improve services and quality of care for
children, families and communities.”
About Cornerstones of Care
Cornerstones of Care is a family of agencies dedicated to strengthening children, families, and the
communities in which they live. Through the delivery of prevention, treatment and support services,
Cornerstones of Care has a positive impact on the health and well-being of communities in the states of
Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Illinois.
Learn more about the collective impact of Cornerstones of Care by visiting www.cornerstonesofcare.org
or talk with us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
Netsmart is healthcare’s largest post-acute EHR provider, and is committed to helping health and human
services providers deliver coordinated, integrated, outcomes-based services and care. Netsmart serves
more than 20,000 clients across all 50 states, resulting in approximately 450,000 users of its software and
technology solutions. Netsmart clients include mental health and addiction services agencies, health
homes, psychiatric hospitals, private and group mental health practices, public health departments, social
services and child and family services agencies, managed care organizations, and vital records offices.
Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDay Matters Foundation, which was established for behavioral
and public health organizations to learn from each other and share their causes and stories. For more
information, visit www.everydaymatters.com
Learn more about how Netsmart is changing the face of healthcare today. Visit www.ntst.com, call 1-800-
472-5509, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter, like us on Facebook or visit us on YouTube