Child & Teen Residential Treatment Program

There are times when a child or teen living with a psychiatric illness cannot thrive in the home or in a community-based setting. An intensive, structured program may be prescribed when children or teens experiencing moderate to severe emotional or behavioral disturbances have failed to respond to less restrictive treatment interventions.

Admission protocol

BayPointe Children’s Residential Treatment Center offers medically monitored intensive and comprehensive psychiatric treatment for children and teens who are disruptive, sometimes uncontrollable, and often a danger to themselves or others. They may have thoughts of suicide and display defiant and aggressive behaviors, which residential treatment will address.

Many factors must be considered before admission to BayPointe is appropriate; most notable is the child or teen’s safety and that of others. Often these children have suffered from abuse, neglect or substance abuse and an intervention is desperately needed. These children can no longer function in their homes and community settings. For these children and teens that range in age from 5 to 18, BayPointe offers a caring, controlled environment with 24-hour supervision.
When selecting mental health services, the major concern of parents or guardians is the quality of care their child or adolescent will receive. The next important concern of that parent is how they will cover the cost of this care. BayPointe understands these concerns and will work to equip you with the information needed to answer any questions you may have about costs for services. We will assist you in finding a way to cover your child’s or adolescent’s treatment. Call BayPointe at (251) 661-0153 for more information.

Referral sources

Physicians or other healthcare providers seeking to refer children and adolescents should contact BayPointe directly at (251) 661-0153 and ask for the admissions specialist; or referral sources may contact our CarePointe intake team at (251) 450-2211. CarePointe’s team comprises master’s-prepared professionals trained to assist parents or guardians in finding the right option for their child.

BayPointe primarily serves residents of Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties; however, the program accepts referrals from across the state.

After admission

BayPointe Hospital facility is located in the secure setting in west Mobile where these young patients receive essential treatment to improve their immediate situation and develop the skills necessary to successfully function upon discharge.

Following a thorough evaluation and diagnosis, our team of attentive professionals develops an individualized treatment plan to meet each patient’s needs. Therapies range from medication management and anger management to pet therapy, equine therapy, gardening groups, running club and swimming.
Children and teens have the opportunity to participate in our academic program. A certified teacher or tutor works with each one individually and in a classroom setting. Close communication with the child’s regular school is maintained.

While children are receiving residential treatment, our staff members work with family members and caregivers to maintain, enhance or develop attachment with their child or teen during treatment and upon their return home. Our patients, families, caregivers, school system personnel, DHR workers and others as appropriate, are directly involved in the child’s treatment and serve as a unified support system upon discharge.

Features of residential services

  • Provision of a safe and caring, structured environment
  • Psychiatric evaluation and 24-hour nursing care
  • Individualized treatment planning to address clinical needs and medication management
  • Direct involvement of patients, families, caregivers and other significant adults in the patient’s treatment and discharge planning
  • An average 9 to 12-month length of stay
  • Certification from the Alabama Department of Mental Health
  • Accreditation by The Joint Commission
  • Contracts for servic­es through the Alabama Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Multiple Needs Child Office and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

Discharge planning

It is important that the healthcare 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.