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Profile: Eastern Panhandle Office

The Eastern Panhandle SNS Office in Martinsburg.

The Eastern Panhandle SNS Office in Martinsburg.

HBI’s Martinsbug offices were originally located on Shepherdstown Road. In 2011, we relocated to Maple Street.

Located in the heart of Martinsburg, at 122 S. Maple Street is the Eastern Panhandle HBI office. Home Base has been a resource for Socially Necessary Services in the Eastern Panhandle since 2009.

Our Eastern Panhandle office closes the gap for those who are identified as at-risk in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan counties. Staff report most referrals are drug related and involve child protective services.

Our team of professional and support staff, provide comprehensive services to children and families.

At the same time, there is an overwhelming demand for youth services. Teens are at a crossroads of the traditional rural Appalachian culture and the urban sprawl of the D.C,- Baltimore area.

This is our greatest challenge: we must meet this very distinct and localized need.

The Eastern Panhandle office is equipped with remote video recording for supervised visitations in both visitation rooms. The agency is considering expanding this capability state-wide. 

The Eastern Panhandle is a wonderful place to work. Close-by opportunities to explore the region include historic Charlestown, crossing the Shenandoah River, walking along the C&O Canal, or just heading west toward North Mountain.

We are aggressively focusing efforts on recruiting more qualified OCs. We have made connections at The School of Social Work at Shepherd University, located just 20 miles away in beautiful, historic Shepherdstown, and other area institutions and networks.

If you’re in the area, please drop by for a visit at our HBI Eastern Panhandle office.

Profile: Upshur County group home

The Upshur County group unique emotional and behavioral home was Home Base’s pilot needs program. We opened its doors in September 1999, and provided Level II residential treatment to three young men from Upshur County. Thirteen years later it is going strong. With five beds, the home has served well over 100 youths who have struggled with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral disorders.

When children become residents of the group home they experience a unique therapeutic environment. Home Base downplays institutional norms and successfully integrates a family home life — with the benefits of being a licensed behavioral health program.

Our full-time therapists provide oversight, treatment planning, and individual and family counseling to each of the kids. Each child receives individual attention with therapies tailored to meet his unique emotional and behavioral needs.

The group home is located about five miles from Buckhannon, on a beautiful hilltop with gorgeous sunsets that can be viewed from the west-facing porch. It also has a driveway- styled basketball court, and just over a full acre of lawn giving the kids ample space to expend their energy — whether it be a game of football or the dreaded responsibility of mowing.

All of our kids attend Upshur County public schools. The staff work tirelessly building strong, cooperative relationships among the agency, residents, teachers, coaches and school administrators. We strive to ensure our kids are respected and treated fairly as they navigate the rigors of being a student with emotional and behavior disorders.

Our staff are the lifeblood of the group home. Currently the Upshur County group home is served by dedicated and experienced staff with over 35 years of combined experience working with Home Base Inc. alone, not to mention the decades of experience they gained prior to joining our team.

Currently the Upshur County group home is served by:

Rich Weeks
Residential Administrator

Casey Edmonds
Evening Supervisor

Joe Moore, MA, LSW
Program Director

Brenda McCauley, MA, LSW
Program Clinician

Residential Counselors
Corey Williams
Joe Tavalocci

Over Night Awake
Charles “Matt” Collins
Michael Cunningham
Lori Kimble

State Clinical Director
Chelsey Rogers, MA