Services for the Intellectually and Developmentally Delayed (I/DD)

Title XIX I/DD Waiver

The Home and Community Based Title XIX I/DD Waiver Program targets those individuals diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental Disability, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and others. The I/DD Waiver Program is designed to provide services to its members in their home and community settings in a less restrictive option than services found in an ICF/IDD facility.

Developmental Disability Services

Waiver members also live in Supportive Sites with 2-3 individuals with developmental disabilities. These attractive well maintained homes are throughout the community and have 24 hour staff that help individuals with basic living skills, psychiatric/behavioral support, as well as nursing services to assist with medications for the Waiver members to live in their own home. We seek to ensure that the disabled person possesses the emotional and adaptive skills necessary to be active members of the community.

Adult Day Services

The Adult Day Services (ADS) Program is composed of three distinctive services designed to address the skill training and skill maintenance needs of the Mentally Ill and/or Developmentally Delayed consumer. Depending on the individual needs of the consumer, as determined by the Interdisciplinary Team, focus is on functional activities of daily living, replacing maladaptive behaviors with adaptive behaviors, maintaining his/her present level of functioning and/or increasing job skills. It is our goal that by addressing these needs we can support the consumer in maintaining his/her residency in the community by providing the services necessary for the consumer to be as successful and satisfied as possible in his/her living, learning and/or work environments. Adult Day Services are provided to consumers accepted into the program following Interdisciplinary Treatment Team approval. Programming is based on assessed strengths and functional deficits of the individual consumer. Individualized plans are developed and implemented, with the consumer's progress being measured at specified intervals.

Crisis Respite Unit

Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center offers a six bed Crisis Respite Unit that serves individuals with a developmental disability (DD), intellectual disability (ID), or the co-occurring conditions of I/DD, Mental Illness, and Substance Abuse. The Crisis Unit provides 24 hour a day intensive staffing, psychiatric evaluations, psychiatric medication adjustment/management, and crisis amelioration services for individuals with an I/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 up to 30 days with the possibility of a clinically justified extension. The unit is located at 325 Mercer Street in Princeton WV, 24740.
CRU is currently closed temporarily. 


  • 6 private bedrooms, 2 with hospital beds
  • 1:1 Staffing Available
  • Respite – Crisis Site 1:1, 1:2, and 1:3 for TXIX Waiver Recipients as appropriate
  • Agency Based Day Habilitation as appropriate
  • Psychiatric Services including psychiatric evaluation(s), medication adjustment and management
  • RN Services
  • 24/7 LPN Nursing onsite
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Resource Coordination
  • Service Coordination and Case Management as needed
  • Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) Services
  • Local Medical Referral, Linkage, Transportation, and Follow-up During Stay
  • Therapeutic Milieu
  • Newly remodeled environment providing comfort and care 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

Admission Requirements

  • A 30 day supply of medication, plus refills, is required upon admission.
  • A seven day supply of weather appropriate clothing should accompany individuals at placement.
  • Placement in an unfamiliar environment can prove to be distressing. To lessen this distress the individual is encouraged to bring one or more of their favorite items, including items they may use for comfort.
  • In cases when the consumer has significant deficits in the area of expressive language, their stay will be more pleasant if they are accompanied by a list of their favorite foods, activities, people, places and things.
  • We recommend that jewelry be left behind.
  • A sufficient supply of personal spending money should be provided at the time of admission in order to facilitate community activities.
  • Transportation to and from the Crisis Unit is the responsibility of the referring agency. Transportation will be provided by SHCMHC CRU Staff during stay.
  • In the case of Waiver Members, Authorizations for Waiver Services must be obtained by the referring agency.
  • CRU placement duration is limited to 30 days. In cases where there is clinical or situational justification, an extension of the individual's stay may be requested. Approval or denial of the extension rests with the State MR/DD Crisis Coordinator.

Referral Contact Information:
Referrals are welcome any time and our referral packet is available here. To facilitate a referral download and complete the referral packets or contact either of the following:

CRU Resource Coordinator
  • Jeremy Burks, BS, BSPI
  • Phone: (304) 425-9541 ext. 1329
  • Fax: (304) 487-1512
  • After Hours: (681) 282-5605
Title VI Notice: Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. To find out more about our nondiscrimination obligations, to file a complaint, or to request this information in another language please contact us at (304)425-9541.
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