Since CPL’s founding, our dedicated host families and staff have worked together to provide loving, nurturing homes for children and adults with special needs living in communities throughout Maryland. We have experienced the fulfillment of watching young children with developmental disabilities grow into self-confident, active members of their communities. At the other end of the age spectrum, many of the adults in our program are now enjoying the relaxation and freedom of retirement. We provide services from age 21 through old age.
With the support of their care providers, the adults in our Shared Living Program have the opportunity to participate in community life and to achieve their personal dreams. We have seen the difference caring people can make by giving individuals with special needs lives filled with dignity and love.
First Step Behavioral Health Program
For the past 39 years, as a solution-focused treatment agency, our goal has been to help individuals uncover their true potential and empower them to lead lives that are worth celebrating. By applying best practice and evidence based treatment approaches and techniques, we provide the guidance and support that will assist them in coping with long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding them back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.First Step provides counseling and guidance that support individuals during challenging events in their lives and that are tailored to each individual’s personal goals.
To provide counseling, person-centered planning, advocacy, and education that enhance the emotional, social and physical health of individuals living with mental health challenges, addictions, or developmental disabilities.
Individuals achieve their personal goals and experience lifelong successes relating to self, family, friends, career and recovery.
James Perrone, President and Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia Henderson, Chief Operating Officer
Paula Tiberio, Director of Program Services
Timothy Fitzsimmons, Director of Quality Assurance
Kara Church, Director of Financial Operations
Board of Directors
Diana LeDonne, Founder Center for Progressive Learning, Inc.
Charles J. Balint, Esquire – Chairperson - Attorney
Frederick Ross, Secretary/Treasurer - Vice President - M&T Bank
Todd Warren, Vice Chairperson, Vice President - Sandy Spring Bank
Jineki Butler Clark, Attorney - Travelers Insurance Company
Cynthia Johnson–Worden, Registered Nurse
Maxine Seidman, Executive Director Playkeepers, Inc.
John Worden, Licensed Professional Counselor
Father Joseph McDonough
James Perrone (Non-voting member) President and CEO - Center for Progressive Learning, Inc.
Licensing and Certification
Licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality
Behavioral Health Services
Accredited by the Accrediation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)
Licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality.
Youth Services Bureau - Certified by the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.
Funding and Support
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration
Baltimore County Local Management Board
Contributions from individuals, corporations, and community organizations
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Center for Progressive Learning, Inc. / Changing People's Lives (CPL), a not-for-profit organization, established its Individual Family Care (now called Shared Living) program in 1988 to monitor the care of adults with developmental disabilities living in state licensed foster homes located throughout Maryland. Our program supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live healthy and fulfilling lives in the community. In September 2013, CPL expanded services to include behavioral health and youth employment/training by merging with First Step, a state licensed Outpatient Substance Abuse Program (accredited by Accredidation Commision for Health Care) and Youth Service Bureau located in Baltimore County.