Crisis Numbers (800)615-0122 or (304)425-0122

Crisis Respite Unit

Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center currently offers a three bed Crisis Respite Unit that serves individuals with a developmental disability (DD), mental retardation (MR), or the co-occuring conditions of MR/DD and Mental Illness. The Crisis Unit provides 24 hour a day intensive staffing and crisis amelioration services for individuals with an MR/DD diagnosis who are experiencing a psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, or situational crisis that threatens to interrupt their community tenure and/or places them at risk for involuntary hospitalization. Length of stay is 30 days with the possbility of a clinically justified extension. The unit is located at
329 Mercer Street in Princeton WV, 24740

  • 1:1 Staffing Available
  • Residential Habilitation for TXIX Waiver Recipients as appropriate
  • Adult Companion II as appropriate
  • Agency Based Day Habilitation as appropriate
  • Respite II as appropriate
  • Psychiatric Services
  • RN Services
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Therapeutic Consultant-All Levels
  • Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Services
  • Local Medical Referral, Linkage, Transportation, and Follow-up During Stay
  • Therapeutic Milieu
  • Newly remodeled environment providing comfort in a homelike setting.
  • Services provided are based on the individual needs of the consumer and are available regardless of fund source
  • Family involvement is welcome unless therapeutically prohibited

Referral Contact Information:
Referrals are welcome anytime. To facilitate a referral you may contact:

Carl Pennington, Residential Program Director
Fax: 304-487-1512

If Mr. Pennington is not available, or you have an after-hours emergency,initial referral information may be taken by any staff person at the CRU. We look forward to your call.

Admission Requirements and General Information

Services provided by this program are funded in part by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and will not be denied to persons because of age, race, handicap, or inability to pay.

Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Services reserves the right to deny consumers entry into the unit if medical needs exceed the CRU's ability to serve or if any individual's behavior is considered a danger to him/herself or others as defined in Chapter 27 of WV-Code.

Copyright 2009 Southern Highlands CMHC