West Virginia Code


Chapter 26     Entire Code



§26-3-1. Establishment; name; management; superintendent.

The West Virginia home for aged and infirm men and women is hereby established at Sweet Springs, Monroe county, West Virginia, to be known as Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home, and shall be managed, directed and controlled as provided in article one, chapter twenty-five of this code. The chief executive officer thereof shall be a superintendent who must be a citizen of the state and a person of good executive ability, and who shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

§26-3-2. Admission of inmates.

Any man or woman shall be eligible for admission to said home who:

(1) Has attained the age of sixty years;

(2) Has resided in the state for at least one year immediately preceding the application;

(3) Has not made an assignment or transfer of property for the purpose of qualifying for public assistance;

(4) Is in need of continuing institutional care because of his physical or mental condition;

(5) Is actually in need and has not sufficient income or other resources to provide a subsistence compatible with decency and health; and

(6) Has no children, father, brothers, sisters or mother of sufficient financial ability to support such person in the manner required by the department of welfare.

No person shall be admitted to said home except upon the recommendation of the department of welfare, or unless such person be qualified to admission to said home under the provisions of sections three and four of this article.

§26-3-3. Transfer of inmates of state hospitals.

The state commissioner of public institutions shall have authority to transfer any person from Weston State Hospital, Spencer State Hospital and Huntington State Hospital to the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home who is qualified for admission under the provisions of this article. The said commissioner shall also have authority to transfer any such person to the hospital from which he or she may have been transferred or to any other hospital under the control of the commissioner.

§26-3-4. Transfer of inmates from the industrial school for boys.

The state commissioner of public institutions shall also have the power and authority to transfer, from time to time, any number of inmates of the industrial school for boys at Pruntytown, to the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home, if, in the opinion of the commissioner, the maintenance of boys at this institution will promote their rehabilitation. The commissioner of public institutions shall prescribe rules and regulations pertaining to transfers of this nature. The commissioner shall also have the authority to return such boys to the industrial school for boys as he sees fit.

§26-3-5. How expenses to be paid.

The pay for the care and accommodation of any person who may be admitted to the home, except as to those transferred from state hospitals and from the industrial school for boys, shall be provided by the county department of public assistance of the county which recommended his or her admission; and said county department of public assistance shall also pay all just and proper charges for the transportation of such person to the home. Such pay shall be at the rate of $15 monthly and shall be paid quarterly.

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