J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center

About the Facility

J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center (JIRDC), located in Morganton, is the state-operated developmental center for North Carolina’s western region. Riddle provides services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), complex behavioral challenges and/or medical conditions whose clinical treatment needs exceed the level of care available in the community.

Counties Served

Photos of J. Riddle Developmental Center

Article: "Dr. J. Iverson Riddle reminisces on 50 years at developmental center"

Admission Criteria

Persons eligible for admission to J. Iverson Riddle developmental center shall meet the following criteria:

  • Have an intellectual disability and/or developmental disability; and
  • Are at least 18 years of age; and
  • Have complex behavioral challenges and/or medical conditions and clinical treatment needs that meet the ICF-IID level of care and cannot be supported in the community; and
  • Community resources have been explored and an appropriate community based program is not available.

All requests for admission must be supported by a letter of endorsement from the individual’s responsible Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO). 


  • Residential, medical, habilitation (help in developing functional living skills) and training to promote independence, self-determination, and to support community living.
  • Facility-based respite services to provide caregivers temporary relief.
  • The Family Infant Preschool Program (FIPP) provides supports and resources to women who are pregnant, children from birth through five years of age with identified intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 


Annual Christmas Parade

Forms and Documents

Campus Work Program - CWP Forms

Work Center Program - VE Forms


Other Forms and Documents


J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center     
300 Enola Rd.
Morganton, NC  28655

Todd Drum, Director
Admission Office:  828-438-6512
Consumer Advocate Office:  828-438-6473
Map to J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center


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