Birch Lane Group Home
Birch Lane Group Home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance of downtown Romney. This residence is home to six teens in need of emotional and behavioral supports. Using the team approach, youth and staff work together to identify priority goals and develop individualized plans for their future. The primary focus is to support these youth as they ready themselves for adulthood. In a fun, family atmosphere, they learn to budget money, get along with others, deal with disappointment and make positive choices.

The teens at Birch Lane attend Hampshire County schools and are involved in after-school activities. In the summer months, they are kept very busy, biking, gardening, traveling to amusement parks and swimming.

Staff at Birch Lane is specially trained to assist and support young people with challenging behaviors.

For more information or to make a referral, contact the Services Coordinator at 304-822-3759.

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Title XIX MR/DD Waiver Program

The Title XIX Waiver Program is a Federal and State funded Medicaid program designed to deliver services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their community surroundings.

With a highly qualified team of professionals, we strive to provide services as described within the context of an Individualized Treatment Plan, using a person-centered approach that encourages individuals to achieve the highest level of independence and self-sufficiency possible within their communities.

Through the Title XIX Waiver Program we offer Service Coordination, Agency Residential Habilitation, Community Residential Habilitation, Therapeutic Consulting, Nursing Services, and Environmental Accessibility Adoptions.

For more information or to make a referral,
contact the Program Manager at
304-822-3861, ext.153

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Where Are We Located?
Potomac Center's administrative offices are on Blue Street in Romney, along with our maintenance department, three intensive training homes, and our Title XIX MR/DD Waiver office.

Other Intensive Care Programs

Birch Lane Group Home
347 West Birch Lane
Romney, WV 26757

Washington Street Group Home
400 Washington St
Romney, WV 26757

Foster Care Offices

Foster Care/Adoption
5636 US Highway 220 South
Moorefield, WV 26836

Foster Care/Adoption
727 Beverly Pike
Elkins, WV 26241

Two/Three Bed Waiver Homes

Shady Side Waiver Home (Three Bed)

Hardy House Waiver Home (Three Bed)

Hampshire Place Waiver Home (Three Bed)

Creekside Waiver Home (Two Bed)

Services provided by these programs are funded in part by the WV Department of Health and Human Resources. No individual will be denied services solely because of age, race, sex, disability, or inability to pay.

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Camp Hanging Rock

Camp Hanging Rock is a 22-acre wooded site
located about 4.5 miles north of Potomac Center's main campus. Those served by the Center can enjoy a large picnic pavilion with a stone fireplace and barbecue, campfire circle, beach volleyball court, basketball court, horseshoe pits and hiking trails.

The camp was named after a nearby local landmark, Hanging Rock, a rock outcropping along the South Branch of the Potomac River.

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Washington Street Group Home
Washington Street Group Home sits in a quiet residential section of Romney, where the neighbors are friendly. The group home accommodates eight adults with intellectual / developmental disabilities. Our staff, which usually numbers a 3 to 8 ratio,
provide 24-hour continuous supports in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

The majority of those living here attend the local community workshop for day programming and vocational skills training.
Those who do not attend the workshop stay at the group home for skill training in basic needs and community development.

Throughout the year we engage in community activities such as walking at local tracks or parks, trips to the river for fishing, visiting various state parks, using the local library, and trips to movie theaters, stores, restaurants and bowling alleys. Summer trips include amusement parks and aquariums.

For more information or to make a referral,
contact the Program Manager at 304-822-3759.

Intensive Training Program
The Intensive Training Program is a short-term (6 - 24 month) residential placement designed to assist children with intellectual / developmental disabilities and behavioral issues, ages 5 to 21 years, or for as long as the individual is receiving educational services. Individuals who are currently receiving waiver services can also be accepted for a six-month period without the family losing the waiver services. Each of the three homes, located in the northern section of Romney, holds eight children of similar ages and promotes a family-oriented atmosphere. The program teaches adaptation skills to enable the child to function more independently with their family or other group setting. Highly supervised and structured, a team approach is used to develop programs focused on individual need, which vary depending on functioning level and / or behavioral challenges.
Program / supports may include, but are not limited to:

* Behavior Support
* Community Skills
* Personal Care / Self Preservation
* Domestic Skills
* Safety
* Educational Support
* Social Skills
* Sexual Awareness / Appropriateness
* Nursing

Educational placement is determined by each child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) and support team. The children attend Hampshire County Schools. During the summer months, the children participate in a day habilitation / activities program.

Recreational activities include sporting events, shopping, skiing, skating and bowling, plus the campus has a gymnasium, activities room, and large state-of-the-art playground

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Health, Wellness and Nursing Services
To ensure the health and wellness of your loved one, each house has a staff nurse to attend to all medical needs and follow-up, providing continuity of care. This enables us to quickly attune to any health problems your child may develop. In addition, we proactively provide health and wellness education to individuals and staff. Daily physical activity and healthy eating choices are encouraged. A state-of-the-art medication delivery system provides efficient, quality medication delivery and RN coverage for "as needed" medications.

If you have any questions, call Health, Wellness and Nursing Services at 304-822-3861, ext. 168.

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Employment Opportunities
Are you looking for employment opportunities? Do you desire to have a rewarding job? If you answered "yes"--Potomac Center is looking for you. Potomac Center hires Social Workers, Nurses, Clerical and Accounting Personnel, Direct Support Professionals, etc. to assist and support individuals with developmental disabilities. We currently have the following jobs posted and are accepting applications for:

Direct Support Professional

RN Healthcare Specialist

Complete our online application or call 304-822-3861, ext. 129. Potomac Center is waiting to hear from you.

If you would like, you may also download our application using Adobe Reader and complete the necessary forms. You may then return the completed application to our main campus.

Application in PDF format

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For any other information, please contact one of the following people: 304-822-3861

Rick Harshbarger, Chief Executive Office
304-822-3861, ext. 124

Kim Helmstetter, Chief Operating Officer
304-822-3861, ext. 134

Patty Plummer, Chief Financial Officer
304-822-3861, ext. 185 or     

Karen Fisher, Human Resources Officer
304-822-3861, ext. 129

Robyn Vandevander, Program Manager, ICF/MR
304-822-3861, ext. 135

Teresa Berg, Foster Care Coordinator

Betsy Nelson, Program Manager, Community Services
304-822-3861, ext. 153

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Potomac Center, Inc
One Blue St, Romney, WV 26757

Who We Are?

Potomac Center, Inc. is an independent,
not-for-profit, private organization
governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Since 1980, we have provided residential assistance and support to both children and adults with intellectual / developmental disabilities as they learn the skills needed to live successful lives. Our Primary goal is to reunite the individuals with their families. Since this is not possible for some, alternate living places are sought At Potomac Center, a team of professionals, including the individual (and guardian if appropriate), develop and implement plans and activities to ensure all needs are met.

What's Our Philosophy

We, Potomac Center, believe that all people, regardless of ability, are capable of learning and growth. They also have the right to enjoy the same privileges and benefits available to all community members.
Respect for our individuals and their right to be treated with dignity are paramount as we support each person in their chosen life experiences.

What's Our Mission?

The mission of the Potomac Center is to enhance the quality of life for people with intellectual / developmental disabilities by providing quality services to those individuals we serve and their families.

What Do We Do?

Potomac Center provides a variety of
residential support and assistance to individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities including: ICF / DD residential and group homes; specialized family / foster care homes; waiver homes; a crisis home, and a crisis / respite home. Each comfortably furnished home provides a safe and structured environment designed to meet the needs of its residents. Special support is given to individuals in our programs with the addition of a full-time therapist and behavior specialist. Activities are centered around individual need to ensure that each person lives the fullest and most enjoyable life possible. Our participation begins even before a person moves to one of our programs, and continues as they transition into the next stage of their life.

Who DoWe Serve?

We serve children and adults with a primary diagnosis of intellectual / developmental disability who meet eligibility criteria for our various services. Each applicant must be a West Virginia resident or, if living in an out-of-state facility, must be funded by West Virginia DHHR.

















































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The Potomac Center is West Virginia's only intensive training and educational facility for children with intellctual/developmenta disabilities and accompanying behavioral problems. The Center offers a unique, desperatley needed array of residential services in a family-oriented atmosphere for a deserving population of West Virginians.
We are a registered 501C(3) private, not-for-profit agency that is always in need of funding to buy the essentials the children need such as clothing, educatinal supplies, and also to ensure active participation in community outings and recreational activities.
Your donation is greatly needed and will be much appreciated as we use it to support this wonderful group of "special" children.

You may mail your tax deductible donation to:

Potomac Center, Inc.
Attn. James Harshbarger, C.E.O.
One Blue Street
Romney, WV 26757

Thank You


Potomac Center is assisting the state of West Virginia with their goal for safety and permanency for every child. Potomac Center will provide the following services to families interested in any of these three program options.

* Completed Home Studies for foster/adoptive homes.

* Monthly safety monitoring of the homes.

* Professional training to prepare. familiesincluding PRIDE training.

* Continued training yearly.

* Service coordination to help link children to any needed services including therapy, behavioral supports, and medical needs.

* Birth family visitation supervision.

Foster Care Program

-Potomac Center offers foster care services to children who need a safe and loving family living environment. Foster care is designed primarily as a temporary service to help families and children in crisis until the family can be reunified. If for some reason the family cannot be reunified, then the child may become available for adoption.


- Potomac Center is currently a member of the "Partners in Permanency" project. This project began in July of 2010 and is a partnership between the Bureau for Children and Families and Foster Care Agencies that are licensed to provide adoption services. Goals of this project are to facilitate more timely completion of adoptions and provide better service continuity to the involved children and their families. When children from either of the above programs have parental rights terminated or voluntary relinquished and there are no other family options, then the child will become available for adoption. Potomac Center also receives referrals for children who are available for adoption. Potomac Center will provide services until the adoption is completed.

To see a list of Foster Care / Adoption staff click here.

For more information, contact the Foster Care Program Coordinator in our Moorefield office at 304-538-8111.

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