(a)  Except as otherwise provided in rules codified in this Chapter and Chapters 26 through 29 of this Title and except for State-wide programs and cross-regional admissions approved by the Division Director based upon the clinical need of the individual or for the purpose of accessing available beds or services, a person seeking admission to a regional institution of the Division shall be admitted only to the institution which serves the region of the state which includes the person's "county of residence" as defined in G.S. 122C-3.

(b)  For state operated facilities, the regions of the state and the counties which constitute the regions are as follows:

(1)           Western Region:  Broughton Hospital, Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center (ADATC), and J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center shall serve Alleghany, Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Davidson, Gaston, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Iredell, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Polk, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey County;

(2)           Central Region:  Central Regional Hospital, Murdoch Developmental Center, R. J. Blackley ADATC, Whitaker School, and Wright School shall serve Alamance, Anson, Caswell, Chatham, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Stokes, Vance, Wake, and Warren County; and

(3)           Eastern Region:  Cherry Hospital, Caswell Developmental Center, and Walter B. Jones ADATC shall serve Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson County.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 122C-3; 143B-147;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. June 1, 2009; April 1, 1990; July 1, 1983.