Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Center
About the Facility
Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center (BMNTC) is a specialized skilled nursing facility (SNF) certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) long term care regulations. In addition to direct services the Center provides family and community education in support of effective partnerships to build community capacity in the Western counties of North Carolina.
Black Mountain Center began as a satellite unit of Western Carolina Center in 1977. In 1982, the facility was officially separated from Western becoming the fifth State Developmental Center. In 1988, the Legislature appropriated funds to establish a program for the care and treatment of persons in the mid-stage of Alzheimer’s disease who because of combative and assaultive behaviors are typically unable to find placements in local nursing homes. In 2004, the Specialized Developmental Disabilities Program was created to meet the needs of people who are aging with chronic medical needs.
In 2007, Black Mountain Center’s name was officially changed to Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center (BMNTC) to become one of three skilled nursing facilities operated by the State of North Carolina.
"Black Mtn. Center Marks Anniversary, Name Change" by The Citizen- Times, Asheville, NC (September 2007)
Eligibility and Admission Criteria
Adults with chronic and complex medical conditions and/or behavioral conditions that coexist with neurocognitive disorders related to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related Dementias or neurodevelopmental disorders related to intellectual and developmental disability. These diagnoses make other living arrangements in the community unrealistic due to the health and physical status of the residents requiring 24-hour supervision, daily nursing assessment and assistance with activities of daily living.
The referral process includes a Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for SNF eligibility (a required screening of any individual who is being considered for admission into a Medicaid Certified Nursing Facility regardless of the source of payment), documentation of a primary medical or Alzheimer’s or related Dementias diagnosis, and evidence of denial of care in a community nursing facility. Discharges to the community are rare given the unique challenges in providing care for these residents who require 24-hour supervision, daily nursing assessment and care and assistance with activities of daily living.
- Specialized Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Program- This program is unique because it specifically serves those individuals with the primary medical diagnosis and whose aggressive or combative behavior make other living arrangements unavailable.
- Specialized Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disorders- BMNTC staff members have expertise in medical concerns, diagnosis and treatment of dementia in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialized nursing facility level of care and enriched life planning for seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Alzheimer's and Related Dementias Respite Program- Greenwood Inn- This program provides temporary relief to families who are experiencing the intense pressure of constant caregiving responsibilities of persons with Alzheimer’s and related Dementias.
Admission Information and Applications
For admission to BMNTC Specialized Dementia or Specialized Intellectual and Neurodevelopmental Disorders programs you must complete an Admission Application. Please contact the Admission’s Office at (828) 259-6945 for more information. For admission to the Respite Program, please complete the Respite Application and complete the Letter of Information. Please contact the Respite Program at (828) 259-6900 for more information.
Forms and Documents
- Admission Application Instructions
- Admission Application
- Notice of Privacy
- Respite Application
- Respite Letter of Information
Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
932 Old U. S. 70 Highway
Black Mountain, North Carolina 28711
Directions to Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center
Director: Lauri Hollingsworth, M.S., NHA
Office: (828) 259-6700
Fax: (828) 669-3177
Facility Advocate: Senior Advocate
Office: (828) 259-6715
Fax: (828) 259-6681
Human Rights Committee (HRC)
The Human Rights Committee (HRC) provides additional safeguards for protecting the human, civil, legal and treatment rights of residents and is composed of five members knowledgeable about mental health and nursing care issues; none of whom are currently employed by the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities (DSOHF). Committee members are appointed by the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). At least one member of the committee is a resident or family member of a resident at the Black Mountain NMTC. The BMNTC Director and members of Advocacy Services serve on the HRC as ex-officio/non-voting members. The committee meetings are open to the public and scheduled for the following dates:
- July 11, 2016
- September 12, 2016
- November 14, 2016
Please contact the director’s office at (828) 259-6700 for more information and location of the meetings.
Featured Programs and Opportunities
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
~ Edward Everett Hale
Volunteers at Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center embody the spirit that even one person can make a difference in the lives of people residing in our community. As Hale recognized more than a century ago, there is a tremendous impact when we help those around us, we often receive so much more in return.
Our volunteers choose to spend their time here for a variety of reasons. Some want to help residents and their families feel more at ease. A number of our volunteers are active retirees who serve BMNTC as a way to stay involved in the community. We also have volunteer groups from summer camps, high school and college students who share their time with us to learn more about health care and what it is like to work in a residential facility. Whatever the motivations may be our group and individual volunteers are an invaluable part of the BMNTC team and the subsequent life quality of our residents.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer. We invite you to learn more about our program and if you have any questions please contact us by calling (828) 259-6946 or stop by BMNTC to learn more about volunteering.
If you're interested in becoming a volunteer you will need to fill out the volunteer application, sign a confidentiality agreement and provide two references. Once your application is received we will arrange a personal interview so that we can answer your questions and become more familiar with your interests and availability. Please contact the Coordinator for Life Quality Events at (828) 259-6946 for more information.
Black Mountain Center Foundation
The Black Mountain Center Foundation, established in August of 1995, is committed to improving the lives of persons who have Alzheimer’s Disease or Developmental Disabilities. The goal of the Foundation is to benefit the residents and the statewide community served by Black Mountain Center. An independent private foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life of the residents and families of Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center by investing in innovative and impactful ways enhancing the vitality of the BMNTC community.
Dementia & Aging Conference
Held annually in the Fall for a target audience of Social Workers, activity professionals, case managers, discharge planners, certified nursing assistants, nurses, administrators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, family caregivers and others interested in the care of persons diagnosed with dementia and related disorders.
2015 Conference Brochure (2016 information forthcoming)
Special Projects and Programs
Certified Nursing Assistant Classes
BMNTC offers State Approved Certified Nursing Assistant classes throughout the year with each class lasting approximately 9 weeks. The CNA classes consist of classwork, lab training as well as practical and clinical training to prepare students for the state exam. More information on CNA Classes. The next CNA Informational Meeting is to be held on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, at 6pm in the G2 Training Room.
Therapeutic Services Team
BMNTC has a team of Board Certified Professionals with significant experience in the field of physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, speech and language pathology, and recreational therapy. More information about the Therapeutic Services Team.
Mountain to Sea Resort
The Mountains to Sea Resort is a project funded by the Knights of Columbus and the Black Mountain Center Foundation, Inc. for the specific use of BMNTC residents and their families. This is a relaxed setting that offers a quiet getaway with homelike conveniences and is in walking distance of Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. More information on the Mountain to Sea Resort.
Independence Day Celebration
Join in the fun during Black Mountain’s annual Independence Day Celebration with family activities and live entertainment. This event is typically held the last Thursday evening in June. More information on the Independence Day Celebration.
Certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation
Monarch Waystations (or habitats) are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. Similarly, without nectar from flowers these fall migratory monarch butterflies would be unable to make their long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico. The need for host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults applies to all monarch and butterfly populations around the world. More information on the Certified Monarch Butterfly Waystation.
Alive Inside: Music & Memory
BMNTC is proud to offer the Music and Memory program that brings personalized tunes to our patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This program was developed with the intention to reawaken memories and enrich the lives of our patients. More information about the Music and Memory.
In August 2014, Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center created a new resident computer lab located on the second floor of the Gravely wing complete with three personal computers and an additional area with an Internet Connected SMART television. More information about Connections.