Murdoch Developmental Center

Murdoch Developmental Center

*** Human Rights Committee ***

Due to the current state of emergency, Human Rights Committee meetings will be held via teleconference until further notice.

These meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the 4th Wednesday of every month, with the exception of July.

The telephone number to use is: 919-764-2420   

The access code is: 51102#


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About the Facility

Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, NC is one of three state operated developmental centers, primarily serving 25 counties of the Central Region. Murdoch provides services and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), complex behavioral challenges and or medical conditions whose clinical treatment needs cannot be supported in the community. Murdoch operates four specialty programs including children and adolescents programs which are available for individuals residing in all regions of the state.
Mission, Vision, and Values
Historical Facts and Information
Photos of our Facility

Eligibility and Admission Criteria

Persons eligible for admission to Murdoch Developmental Center shall meet the following criteria:

  • Have an intellectual disability and or developmental disability and
  • Are at least 18 years of age (excludes the specialized programs for children and adolescents) 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.

Referral and Application Process Information


Our services include: 

  • Facility based respite services are provided to give caregivers temporary relief.
  • General population residential program (non-specialty programs) serves adults providing a broad array of residential, medical, habilitation and training services to promote independence.
  • BART (Behaviorally Advanced Residential Treatment) and Next Step serves adult males with an IDD diagnosis and extreme behavioral challenges.
  • STARS (Specialized Treatment for Adolescents in a Residential Setting) serves adolescents ages 13 through 17 who have dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental illness). The length of stay is up to one year.
  • PATH (Partners in Autism Treatment and Habilitation) serves children ages 6 through 16 with autism spectrum disorder and serious behavioral challenges. The length of stay is up to two years.
  • TRACK (Therapeutic Respite Addressing Crisis for Kids) serves children ages 5 through 17 who have intellectual disabilities and or autism spectrum disorders, serious behavioral challenges and are in behavioral crisis. The length of stay is between 3-45 days.

More about our Services and Residential Programs

Forms and Documents

Campus Work Program Forms
Certificate Authorizing Special Minimum Wage Rates
Details and Instructions

Work Center Program - VE Forms
Certificate Authorizing Special Minimum Wage Rates
Details and Instructions

Referral and Application Process

Other Forms and Documents
Notice of Privacy Practices
Emergency Operations Plan


Murdoch Developmental Center
1600 East C Street
Butner, North Carolina 27509

Pam Kuhno, Director
Admission Office:  919-575-1990
Consumer Advocate Office:  919-575-1030
Infirmary After-hours: 919-575-1553
Directions to Murdoch Developmental Center

Human Rights Committee 

The Murdoch Developmental Center Human Rights Committee consists of ten members appointed by the Secretary of DHHS to monitor the protection of the human, civil, legal, and treatment rights of those living in the facility. The committee reviews cases of alleged rights violations and mistreatment. Members of the Human Rights Committee are available to hear the concerns of any person, parent, or guardian if violations of rights occur. Human Rights Committee Meetings are held in the J. Michael Hennike Building Large Conference Room at 6pm on the Fourth Wednesday each month, except 2nd Wednesday in December; and no meetings held in July and November. 

Volunteer Information

The Volunteer Services Department at Murdoch Center works diligently to provide tangible and intangible supports to people living at the Center in an effort to improve their quality of life. Support from the community is critical to achieve this goal. They also assist by providing a program of camping and vacation experiences.

For information on the variety of ways you can participate, please contact the Volunteer Services department:
P.O. Box 3000
1600 East C Street
Butner, North Carolina 27509
Phone: (919) 575-1090