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Data on Murdoch Developmental Center

Murdoch Developmental Center, located in Butner, is the state operated developmental center for North Carolina's central region, in addition, the three statewide services geared specifically to children and adolescents through Murdoch Developmental Center. The center 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.

Services and supports include:

  • Residential, medical, habilitation (help in developing functional living skills), and training to promote independence and self-determination.
  • Facility-based therapeutic respite services to provide evaluations and assessments to individuals experiencing specific medical and/or behavioral challenges.
  • Facility-based respite services to provide caregivers temporary relief.
  • BART (Behavioral Residential Treatment), a statewide program that serves youg adult males with an IDD diagnosis and extreme behavioral challenges.
  • STARS (Specialized Treatment for Adolescents in a Residential setting) which serves adolescents, ages 13 through 17, who have a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental illness). The length of stay is up to 1 year.
  • PATH ( Partners in Autism Treatment and Habilitation) serves children, ages 6 to 16, with autism spectrum disorder and serious behavioral challenges. The length of stay is up to 2 years.
  • TRACK (Therapeutic Respite Addressing Crisis for Kids) serves children ages 5 through 17 who have moderate to profound intellectual disabilities and /or autism spectrum disorders with serious behavioral challenges and are in emergency crisis situtation. The length of stay is between 3-45 days.

The developmental centers are inspected at least annually by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). external link graphic Inspectors may also conduct inspections in order to assess problems that arise between recertification visits.  CMS decides whether the developmental centers are in compliance with standards and thereby eligible to receive payment through Medicare and/or Medicaid.  Copies of CMS inspections are available from the DHHS Public Affairs Office at 919-733-9190.
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