Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, North Carolina is an ICF/MR-certified facility and one of North Carolina's three Regional Centers operated by the Division of State Operated Healthcare Facilities in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Murdoch provides comprehensive residential care for approximately 500 citizens from 25 counties in the state's Central Region. Murdoch is located 15 miles north of Durham, North Carolina, off Interstate 85, and 30 miles northwest of Raleigh near Route 50.
Approximately 1,650 Murdoch Developmental Center employees provide 24-hour supports, which include activities, therapies, and habilitation for the people who live at the Center. The Center serves as the safety net for community programs by providing short-term, respite admissions when a program or family cannot manage the needs of the client.
A team of professionals, along with the family and person residing at the Center, develops a comprehensive Person-Centered Plan, which outlines the specific needs and wishes of the person. Team members include representatives from Health Care, Nursing, Social Work, Speech and Hearing, Education, Recreational Therapy, Psychology, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Staff representatives such as a physician, psychiatrist, recreator, dentist, dietician, pharmacist, or vocational instructor participate depending on the needs of the person who lives at the Center.
Programs are designed to fit the individual's needs, and generally include education, self-help skills, speech and communication skills, fine and gross motor abilities, socialization, leisure activities, and vocational skills.
To be eligible for admission to Murdoch Developmental Center a person must have a diagnosis of profound, severe or moderate intellectual/developmental disabilities or a related developmental disability. All admissions are subject to space available in the appropriate cottage. No one is denied admission because of inability to pay. Murdoch Developmental Center also has four programs that serve individuals from the entire state. BART (Behaviorally Advanced Residential Treatment) serves young adult males with developmental disability diagnoses and extreme behavior problems. STARS (Specialized Treatment for Adolescents in a Residential Setting) serves adolescents, ages 13 through 17, who have a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental illness). PATH (Partners in Autism Treatment and Habilitation) serves children, ages 6 to 16, with autism spectrum disorder and serious behavioral challenges. TRACK (Therapeutic Respite Addressing Crisis for Kids) serves children ages 5 through 17 who have moderate to profound intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders and are in an emergency crisis situation.