AltaPointe collaborates with dozens of state and local agencies to accomplish our main goal, which is to promote wellness and recovery through behavioral healthcare services of the highest quality. That goal has not changed in the more than 57 years we have served the community.
AltaPointe’s 310 Board is the funding channel for state dollars to Mobile ARC, Drug Education Council, L’Arche, and SOMI Club.
In addition to the acute hospitals, AltaPointe collaborates closely with Mobile County Probate Court, Strickland Youth Center, Mobile County Sheriff’s Department, Mobile Metro Jail, Department of Human Resources, Mobile County Health Department and its Teen Center, Mobile County Public Schools, Franklin Primary Health, Mostellar Medical Center, USA College of Medicine, USA Departments of Psychiatry and Education, University of Mobile, US Probation Office, Housing First, Mobile Housing Board, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, The Bridge, McKemie Place, 15th Place, and all area nursing schools. We also work through our sub-contractors to collaborate with Mobile Police Department, FBI, US Attorney, Mulherin Custodial Home, Goodwill/Easter Seals, Volunteers of America, local businesses, local churches, volunteer organizations and various professional and advocacy associations.
AltaPointe expanded its area of coverage into another county when we merged April 1, 2014, with the Baldwin County Mental Health Center. Among many things, this merger has meant more collaborative relationships within Baldwin County.
“The southwest region of Alabama now has a better and broader-based system in place to provide increased, more accessible behavioral healthcare services,” said Tuerk Schlesinger, AltaPointe CEO. “The merger is helping us become a better regional, behavioral healthcare system. This action also helps us respond to the changes that have already happened in healthcare as well as the ones we know are coming our way.”
The merger with Baldwin County Mental Health Center expanded AltaPointe’s service area of Mobile and Washington counties to include all of Baldwin County.
“The AltaPointe and BCMH boards of directors thoroughly investigated the needs of both organizations and recognized the wisdom of the merger,” Schlesinger continued. “They were diligent, patient and understanding as we poured over the multitude of details required to bring about the merger.”
This is not a merger like one might read about in the for-profit world. There was neither a buyout nor a downsizing, and there were no layoffs; in fact, there will be an expansion of services. BCMH will convert to the AltaPointe brand over a period of months.
“AltaPointe welcomes its new employees, patients and partners in Baldwin County. Together, with our existing employees and partners, AltaPointe can achieve great things for the individuals and their families in our region who live with mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disability disorders,” Schlesinger said.