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Specialized Services include Admission / Discharge, Client Information, NC-SNAP Central, Arbor(TRACK), Transition , Utilization Review and Volunteer Services.

Admission / Discharge Services
Specialized Services coordinates all admissions to and discharges from Murdoch Center.  Three types of admission are offered: regular respite, therapeutic respite, and regular admission.  Regular respite is primarily used to provide families with a rest or assistance in the event of an emergency such as a death or illness in the family.  Therapeutic respite is provided to help with specific medical, behavioral, or educational needs.  Multi-disciplinary evaluations and a person-centered goal plan are completed within thirty days of a therapeutic or regular admission.

The Admissions / Discharge Coordinator works closely with the Developmental Disabilities staff at the local MCOs and cottage social workers to plan the transition of individuals who live at the Center back to their home community.  All referrals to Murdoch Center are voluntary.  Requests are made by the individual's guardian and MCO staff.  The Admissions / Discharge Coordinator also coordinates tours for families and other individuals who want to learn more about Murdoch Center services.
For more information or to schedule a tour contact the Admissions / Discharge Coordinator at (919) 575-1070.

Client Information
The Client Information Department provides client record services to all residential cottages and service areas.  The department's primary responsibility is to manage a comprehensive Client Record System, Client Database and compliance with North Carolina General Statutes.  In addition, the department is responsible for Client Information Assistant training, diagnostic coding, record policies, record forms management, Records Committee, NC-SNAP data, and HIPAA regulations compliance.  The department serves as the final clearinghouse for all HIPAA-related concerns, subpoenas, consents, and record forms.

North Carolina Support Needs Assessment Profile
(NC-SNAP Central)

Murdoch Center coordinates the statewide implementation of the NC-SNAP.  Also known outside North Carolina as the Developmental Disabilities Support Needs Assessment Profile (DD-SNAP), this is an assessment tool that can be used system-wide to consistently and reliably assess a person's level of intensity of need for supports and services.  It was developed in response to a systematic need identified by the North Carolina Developmental Disabilities Policy Workgroup.  The NC-SNAP is the result of three years and countless hours of work by numerous individuals involved in the North Carolina DD service system.  The NC-SNAP is currently used in North Carolina and several other states. 

More information can be obtained by calling the NC-SNAP Coordinator at Murdoch Center, (919) 575-1070.


Arbor Cottage (TRACK)
Therapeutic Respite Addressing Crisis for Kids (TRACK) program is a 5-6 bed program serving children ages 5 through 17 from across the state who have moderate to profound intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders and are in an emergency crisis situation. Individuals with mild intellectual disabilities are evaluated for appropriateness for admission on a case-by-case basis. The TRACK program is located in Arbor Cottage at Murdoch Developmental Center.  It is specifically designed to divert children in crisis from emergency departments and psychiatric hospitals when appropriate community-based crisis services have been exhausted. The program provides professional and support services and 24-hour staff coverage to assure safety and therapeutic programming integrated across all areas of training. Treatment in the TRACK program utilizes a behavioral analytical approach with the primary focus of the program to stabilize the children so that they can return to their homes in the community as quickly as possible. The TRACK program partners with Managed Care Organization (MCO's) to ensure community reintegration planning is ongoing, and occurs on schedule.  In keeping with the goal of crisis respite, the TRACK program offers durations of stay limited to between 3 and 45 days.  

For more information call TRACK at 919-575-1350.

Transition Services
The Transition Services Department serves as a liaison function between Murdoch Developmental Center, the Managed Care Organizations (MCO) and private providers, to support persons moving from Murdoch back to their communities.  Transition Services attempts to identify obstacles to community transition and work with community agencies / individuals to ensure that appropriate community supports are in place.  Following discharge from Murdoch Developmental Center, Transition Services remains available to provide consultation and technical assistance in an effort to ensure successful placement.  The department also monitors outcomes to assess success of the placements.  Another function of Transition Services is to provide behavioral consultations for persons with developmental disabilities who reside in the central region of North Carolina.  These consultations are intended to assist families and providers with identifying behavioral supports necessary to prevent institutionalization.

Utilization Review
Utilization Review is responsible for reviewing each individual covered under ICF/IID every six months to ensure that continued stay at the ICF/IID level of care is justified and appropriate according to established criteria, to enhance the effective utilization of facility services, and to identify patterns, problems and/or concerns regarding clinical practices.

Volunteer Services
The Volunteer Services Department at Murdoch Center works diligently to provide tangible and intangible supports to individuals 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 give, please contact the Volunteer Services Director or the Volunteer Services Coordinator:

Phone: (919) 575-1090
Write: P.O. Box 3000
1600 East C Street
Butner, North Carolina 27509

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