West Virginia Code


Chapter 27     Entire Code



§27-2-1. State hospitals and other facilities; transfer of control and property from Department of Mental Health to Department of Health and Human Resources; civil service coverage.

The state hospitals heretofore established at Weston, Huntington and Lakin, are continued and known respectively as the William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital, Mildred-Mitchell Bateman Hospital and Lakin Hospital. These state hospitals and centers are managed, directed and controlled by the Department of Health and Human Resources. Any person employed by the Department of Mental Health who on the effective date of this article is a classified civil service employee shall, within the limits contained in section two, article six of chapter twenty-nine of this code, remain in the civil service system as a covered employee. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources is authorized to bring the state hospitals into structural compliance with appropriate fire and health standards. All references in this code or elsewhere in law to the "West Virginia Training School" shall be taken and construed to mean and refer to the "Colin Anderson Center."

The control of the property, records, and financial and other affairs of state mental hospitals and other state mental health facilities is transferred from the Department of Mental Health to the Department of Health and Human Resources. The secretary shall, in respect to the control and management of the state hospitals and other state mental health facilities, perform the same duties and functions as were heretofore exercised or performed by the Director of Health. The title to all property of the state hospitals and other state facilities is transferred to and vested in the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of this code to the contrary, whenever in this code there is a reference to the Department of Mental Health, it shall be construed to mean and is a reference to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources.



Acts, 2010 1 Ex. Sess., Ch 14.



Acts, 2010 1 Ex. Sess., Ch 14.

§27-2-2. Superintendents; qualifications and exceptions therefrom; salaries of superintendents and other officers and employees; furnishing of meals, household facilities, etc.

The superintendent of a state hospital shall be appointed for an indefinite period. He shall be a college graduate and have a minimum of two years' experience in business administration, health services administration or hospital administration with broad knowledge of accounting, purchasing and personnel practices as related to the rendition of health and health related services.

The provisions of this section relating to the qualification of persons eligible to serve as superintendent shall not apply to any person serving in the capacity of business manager on the effective date hereof, and who has served in such capacity for at least six consecutive months next preceding such effective date.

The superintendents and other officers and employees of each state hospital or center shall be paid salaries commensurate with their duties and responsibilities, but no meals or other emoluments of any kind shall be furnished, given or paid to such superintendents, officers or employees as all or part of their salary; however, such superintendents, officers and employees may be provided meals, household facilities and supplies as may be necessary for them to perform their duties, if such superintendents, officers and employees agree to pay the reasonable cost thereof as established by the Director of the Department of Mental Health.

§27-2-3. Rules as to patients.

The director of health shall implement rules and regulations as promulgated by the board of health in regard to the admission of patients to mental health facilities, the care, maintenance and treatment of inpatients, residents and outpatients of such facilities and the release, trial visit and discharge of patients therefrom.

No patient under eighteen years of age in any state hospital shall be housed in any area also occupied by any patient over eighteen years of age. Any patient adjudged by the chief medical officer to have a likelihood of seriously harming others shall be confined in a secure area of a health facility.

§27-2-4. Forms for committing patients; other records.

The director of health shall have authority to prepare, prescribe and have printed forms to be used for commitment to and discharge from the state hospitals.

§27-2-5. Reports by superintendents; records of director of health.

The superintendent of each state hospital shall furnish to the director of health such information as he may require concerning admissions, discharges, deaths and other matters. From this and other information available to the director of health, he shall keep such records as are necessary to enable him to have current information concerning the extent of mental illness in the state. The names of individuals shall not be accessible to anyone except by permission of the director of health or by order of a judge of a court of record.

§27-2-6. Moneys received by state hospitals and facilities.

All moneys and funds belonging to the state which shall come into the possession or under the control of the superintendent or other officer of a state hospital or facility under the control of the department of health shall be paid to the director or his designee twice a month, on or before the first and fifteenth of every month, but not more than twenty days from the time such moneys or funds were received under such rules and regulations as the director shall prescribe. The director or his designee shall pay such moneys and funds into the State Treasury immediately in the manner provided in article two, chapter twelve of this code.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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