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Developmental Center Admission Criteria

Developmental Centers provide services and supports in a residential setting to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), complex behavioral challenges and/or medical conditions whose clinical treatment needs exceed the level of care available in the community.  The regional Developmental Centers provide comprehensive, 24 hour supports to maintain or improve the health and functioning of individuals with I/DD. The services may include time-limited, specialized programs for individuals in identified target populations (Autism; dually diagnosed; etc.) with the goal of community re-integration. Individuals considered for admission to a developmental center must be 18 years of age and older (with the exception of time-limited specialized programs for children and adolescents), with a diagnosis of IDD for whom a developmental center is determined to be the most appropriate environment by the local management entity and the developmental center’s admission committee.  All requests for admission must be submitted by the Local Management Entity (LME)/Managed Care Organization (MCO).

For the admission packet, including admission forms, contact the admission-discharge coordinator.

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Admission Office Contacts

Caswell:
Phone 252-208-4222
Fax 252-208-3771

Murdoch:
Phone: 919-575-1070
Fax 919-575-1083

Riddle:
Phone: 828-438-6512
Fax: 828-438-6599 (please call before sending a fax to this number)

Memorandum of Agreement

General Admission

Therapeutic Respite

Respite

Specialized Programs within Developmental Centers

Two of our three developmental centers have specialized programs for specific target populations.

MOA Specialized Program Template

Caswell Developmental Center Specialized Programs

The Mental Retardation/Mental Illness (MR/MI) Program is a specialty program at Caswell Developmental Center for adult males, 18 years and older, who have a dual diagnosis of an intellectual disability and mental illness, and have a history of psychiatric hospitalizations and/or unsuccessful community placements. Admission to the program is voluntary, and the placement is deemed by the Local Management Entity (LME)/Managed Care Organization ( MCO) and Caswell Developmental Center Admissions Committee to be the least restrictive and most appropriate environment. Admission to this program is time-limited (up to 18 months) and it serves the eastern region of North Carolina.

Murdoch Developmental Center Specialized Programs

  • The Behaviorally Advanced Residential Treatment (BART) Unit is a special program at Murdoch Developmental Center for older adolescent and young adult males who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability and severe behavior problems, and have a history of unsuccessful community placements.  Referrals to the BART program are voluntary, and the placement is deemed by the Local Management Entity (LME)/ Managed Care Organization (MCO) and Murdoch Developmental Center Statewide Admissions Committee to be the least restrictive and most appropriate environment.  This program serves the entire state of North Carolina.
  • The Partners in Autism Treatment and Habilitation (PATH) Program is a special program at Murdoch Developmental Center for children from the ages of six through sixteen, who have autism spectrum disorder and severe behavior challenges.  PATH has three components including an on-campus unit and two off-campus group homes.  Admission to the on-campus program is time-limited (up to 24 months).  Both programs are co-ed.  Admission to the program is voluntary, and the placement is deemed by the Local Management Entity (LME)/Managed Care Organization (MCO) and Murdoch Developmental Center Statewide Admissions Committee to be the least restrictive and most appropriate environment.  This program serves the entire State of North Carolina.
  • The Specialized Treatment for Adolescents in a Residential Setting (STARS) Unit is a special program at Murdoch Developmental Center for adolescents from the ages of thirteen through seventeen, who have dual DD/MH diagnoses and severe behavior problems, and have a history of unsuccessful community placements.  The unit is co-ed.  Admission to the program is voluntary, and the placement is deemed by the Local Management Entity (LME) and Murdoch Developmental Center Statewide Admissions Committee to be the least restrictive and most appropriate environment.  Admission to this program is time-limited (up to 12 months) and it serves the entire state of North Carolina.

Money Follows the Person

Money Follows the Person (MFP) provides funding to help people who live in an institution or nursing facility to move to the community. People who move to the community through MFP will receive services in one of the Community Alternatives Programs (CAP) which includes CAP-MR/DD and CAP-Disabled Adults (DA).  People who are eligible participants for MFP are those who lived in a private or public intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual disabilities (Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded, or ICF-MR) or a nursing facility for at least six months; are eligible for Medicaid; and meet the enrollment criteria for one of the CAP programs.

Additional information regarding MFP.