*** Human Rights Committee ***

For 2023 HRC meeting will be held via a Microsoft Teams (with a dial in option). The downloadable information sheet is here.
These meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every other month on the following dates: August 07, 2023, September 11, 2023, November 13, 2023.

(This is subject to change if HRC Chair informs they will not have a quorum prior to a meeting).

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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.
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Photos of Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center


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, The Citizen Times, Asheville, NC.

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. 

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.              

Forms and Documents


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: Marggi Walden, CCC-SLP, NHA
Office: (828) 259-6700
Fax: (828) 669-3177

Facility Advocate: Senior Advocate
Office: (828) 232-3213

Admissions Coordinator:
Office: (828) 259-6945
Fax: (828) 259-6670

After-hours phone calls (4:00pm to 8:00am):
If this is an emergency OR you are a physician or hospital, call (828) 575-6718

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: 

January 9, 2023 at 4:30pm via Teleconference.
March 13, 2023 at 4:30pm via Teleconference.
May 8, 2023 at 4:30pm via Teleconference.
August 7, 2023 at 4:30pm via Teleconference.
September 11, 2023 via Teleconference.
November 13, 2023 via Teleconference.

Please contact the director’s office at (828) 259-6700 for more information.
Attendees will need to be screened at the Moore entrance. Click here for further information.

Volunteer Information 

“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.

Volunteer Requirements

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 Events and Volunteer Coordinator at (828) 259-6946 for more information.
Volunteer Opportunities and Special Events
Volunteer Application

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. For more information, visit our website or call (828) 232-3212.

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.

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

Greta's House (formerly 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.
For more information call (828) 259-6773.

Just Press Play
BMNTC is proud to offer the Just Press Play music 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 Just Press Play.