Patient Rights – BayPointe Children’s Hospital

When you are a patient at BayPointe, you have the right to:

  • Be treated with respect.
  • Be treated in a safe place.
  • Know how we will help you.
  • Get help from others, like your priest, pastor, preacher, or rabbi.

Facts about your care. You have the right to:

  • Know why you are here and what the doctor thinks is the best way to help you.
  • Know how long you have to stay here.
  • Not be secluded or restrained unless a doctor says so.

About your medicine. You have the right to:

  • Take medicine only if the doctor says you should.
  • Know about your medicine and how it can make you feel better.
  • Not take the medicine unless a judge says you have to.

Making decisions about your care. You have the right to:

  • See your record.
  • Help plan your treatment.
  • Get your treatment in the place that least restricts you.
  • Not have any treatment unless the judge says you have to.

About your treatment. You have the right to:

  • Be safe from harm while you are here.
  • Have your record kept private unless there is an emergency.

If you are getting care in a residential setting, you also have the right to:

  • Get healthy meals.
  • Have your own things and your own clothes.
  • Not do any work that otherwise we would have to pay for.
  • Go to public school every day.
  • Pray if you want to. We cannot make you pray.
  • See a doctor or a dentist if you need to.
  • Have visitors, send mail, and make phone calls in private.

You have duties too. You should:

  • Respect other people.
  • Talk to your staff.
  • Not touch other people in the wrong way.
  • Not run away.
  • Not break things.
  • Take your medicine.
  • Not hurt other people or fight.
  • Go to school.
  • Follow the rules.
  • Join in activities.
  • Do your chores.

Remember, your rights cannot be taken away from you without a very good reason.

Contacts that can assist with questions about your rights

If you feel that any of your rights have been violated or if you want further information, you may contact the following:

Alabama Department of Mental Health Advocacy Office
(800) 367-0955

Alabama Department of Human Resources
(251) 450-1800

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
(800) 826-1675

AltaPointe Health Consumer Needs Department
(251) 450-4303

You may contact the Joint Commission’s Office of Quality Monitoring to report any concerns or register complaints about AltaPointe Health either by calling (800) 994-6610 or e-mailing


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