WVC 27 - 8 - 3
§27-8-3. Care of patients in boarding homes.
The director of health may, upon the recommendation of the
superintendent of the state hospital, provide care in a suitable
boarding home for any patient in a state hospital, if the
condition of the patient is such that his and the public welfare
will not be prejudiced thereby. A patient in a boarding home
shall be deemed to be a patient of the state hospital from which
he was removed and shall, on the approval of the superintendent,
be placed under the supervision of a psychiatric social worker
employed by the state hospital. All patients in such homes shall
be visited at least once every three months and if upon the
visitation they are found to be abused, neglected or improperly
cared for, they shall be returned to the state hospital or placed
in a better boarding home. The cost of the boarding home care
shall be paid by the state hospital from which he was removed.