CHAPTER 26. STATE BENEVOLENT INSTITUTIONS.
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ARTICLE 3. HOME FOR AGED AND INFIRM MEN AND WOMEN.
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§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
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§26-3-2. Admission of inmates.
Any man or woman shall be eligible for admission to said
(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.
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§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.
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§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.
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§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 fifteen dollars monthly and
shall be paid quarterly.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session