• Creating Futures For Kids By Building Solid Foundations

  • Cornerstone Programs Mission

    Cornerstone’s mission is to operate safe programs that change the value, decision making and behavior of at-risk youth.
    We achieve this through a comprehensive approach to treatment and by maintaining the highest quality of staff and standards.
  • Expecting Greatness

    Success is achieved by Cornerstone’s commitment to staff training.
    As a leader in the field, Cornerstone recognizes the need for well-trained staff and provides extensive, ongoing training for all its programs.
    It is our staff’s responsibility to teach, coach, mentor, model and set limits for all our youth.
  • Awarded National Accreditation 2016-2019

    Garza County Regional Juvenile Center Read More
  • Awarded for our Safety

    Texas Mutual Safety Trophy for 2014
    "This is quite an accomplishment, as you are one of just 200 businesses receiving this award out of our 60,000 policyholders across Texas."
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Cornerstone Programs
Cornerstone Programs is a nationally recognized corporation providing high quality behavioral health treatment and detention programs for adolescent males and females.

 Core Values

  • Integrity, honesty and high ethical standards
  • Continually striving for excellence
  • Accountability in everything we do
  • Decisions based on the best interest of the youth
  • Open communications
  • Safety is paramount to everything we do


Cornerstone’s mission is to operate safe programs that change the values, decision making and behaviors of at-risk youth. We achieve this through a comprehensive approach to treatment and by maintaining the highest quality of staff and standards.


We are a growing company, starting in 1998 with one facility and expanding to three operations in three states.


Our Founders.

  • Jane O’Shaughnessy, Board of Directors
  • Joseph P. Newman, CEO
Jane O'Shaughnessy
is the Chair of the Board for Cornerstone Programs Corporation.

Ms. O'Shaughnessy began her career as a child welfare worker and later served as a juvenile probation officer. She managed an adult community release facility in St. Louis from 1973 to 1976, and served as adjunct professor of social work at St. Louis University.

Ms. O’Shaughnessy was a pioneer in the Corrections field in her role as Deputy Executive Director of the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections from1976 until1985. She directed the Commission in the inception and development of the national accreditation process that has transformed the field of adult and juvenile corrections programs.

In 1985, Governor Richard Lamm appointed Ms. O'Shaughnessy to the Colorado State Parole Board. In 1986 she joined Cornerstone Programs Corporation as Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. O'Shaughnessy is a former Board Member of the American Correctional Association and is currently a Board Member of the International Community Corrections Association.

She is a founding member of the Woman's Task Force of the American Correctional Association and the author of articles on program development and standards and accreditation. She also serves on several local and national advisory boards in the corrections and child welfare fields.

Ms. O’Shaughnessy has published articles in Corrections Today and Corrections Magazine. She also authored “Standards for Correctional Systems for Women Offenders” written for the Seminar on Planning and Evaluating Programs for Female Offenders, University of South Carolina.

Ms. O'Shaughnessy holds a Masters of Social Work and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. Louis University.

Joseph Newman
is CEO for Cornerstone Programs Corporation.

Mr. Newman began his career as a police officer with the Baltimore Police Department, rising to the rank of Colonel before his retirement in 1992. He also served as adjunct professor of Criminal Justice in the Maryland State Community College System.

In 1992, Mr. Newman was appointed by Governor Schaeffer as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. In this position he was responsible for the administration of intake, probation and aftercare services, and a full range of non-residential and residential services which are provided by a combination of public and private vendors. Mr. Newman left the Department to join Cornerstone Programs Corporation in 1994.

Mr. Newman has made presentations on illegal drug activity and the management of law enforcement agencies to the Maryland State Judicial Conference; the National Conference on Cocaine; the U.S. House of Representatives, House Select Committee on Drug Abuse and the National Public Housing Conference. From 1982 through 1988, Mr. Newman served on the Baltimore Mayor's Drug Advisory Council and in 1988 on the Maryland Governor's Inter-Agency Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Mr. Newman holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore, a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.