BayPointe Children’s Hospital

Admitting-Child-at-BayPointe-HospitalWatching a child suffer from a mental health crisis is one of the toughest experiences a parent can encounter. The first priority is for the child to receive treatment that will alleviate the acute symptoms as swiftly as possible. BayPointe’s acute hospital provides a caring and secure environment where children 5 to 18 years of age receive the stabilization they need during a time of crisis. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care to all our patients so they can return safely and successfully to the community.

Admission protocol

Admission is necessary when a child or teen behaves in a life-threatening, destructive, or disabling way that requires 24-hour support, assessment and professional treatment. We welcome referrals from mental health professionals, physicians and pediatricians, social service agencies, school systems, courts, and directly from families. Our CarePointe intake team comprises master’s-prepared professionals trained to assist parents or guardians in finding the right option for their child.

BayPointe treats children and adolescents affected by a variety of psychiatric conditions, which may include:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Social withdrawal
  • Self-harming behaviors
  • Combative and defiant behaviors
  • Attention and concentration difficulties
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Thought disorders

It is important for parents to remember that their child’s stay is intended to stabilize them while they are in crisis. A stay at BayPointe may be critical to their child’s treatment, but it is only one part of the recovery process.

Most insurance plans cover emergency psychiatric care. Our CarePointe intake team can assist with any questions regarding coverage. CarePointe may be reached at (251) 450-2211.

Referral sources

We welcome referrals from mental health professionals, physicians and pediatricians, social service agencies, school systems, courts, and directly from families. Our CarePointe intake team is made up of master’s-prepared professionals trained to assist parents or guardians in finding the right option for their child.

After admission

 

Therapist-ConsultationAfter a child or teen is admitted to BayPointe, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist conducts a psychiatric evaluation and medication assessment. The average length of stay is 3 to 14 days.

Families and significant others are involved in family therapy sessions in order to initiate and sustain positive change. We help parents and children learn to identify and develop effective coping skills if symptoms worsen. In addition, they participate in group and family therapy that helps both parent and child manage issues related to the child’s behaviors, medication needs or symptoms.

BayPointe’s individualized treatment plans promote each child’s maximum level of functioning. Once a child has been stabilized, our team designs a comprehensive aftercare plan for the family to follow. The focus is to return children to their homes or to the least restrictive level of care as quickly as possible.

 Our multidisciplinary team includes:

  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Master’s-prepared social workers and therapists
  • Recreational therapists
  • Certified teachers
  • Consultative psychologists
  • Family practice physicians and nurse practitioners

Every child follows an age-appropriate therapeutic program schedule. BayPointe’s qualified staff provides personalized therapeutic services based on the treatment team’s evaluation and plan, which may include:

  • One-on-one support and counseling
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Family support and therapy
  • Recreational therapy including exercise and movement
  • Play therapy
  • Pet therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Crisis intervention and anger management
  • Participation in our academic program working with a certified teacher
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Social skills enhancement

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Discharge planning

It is important that the health care team has developed a plan for the child’s or teen’s continued care and his or her return home or to the least restrictive care. The patient and family or support persons play a key role in creating this plan and getting ready for discharge from the hospital. Once the attending physician is prepared to discharge a patient, there are tasks that must be done before a patient can leave the hospital. Understanding that the process may take several hours may help the family plan ahead.