After School Day Treatment

BayPointe Hospital offers After School Day Treatment to elementary, middle and high school students in a therapeutic environment and structured setting. After school day treatment is for students who need additional support outside of the classroom. Through daily, intensive clinical intervention, its goal is to help each child succeed in their school and their community. The program takes place Monday – Thursday in the afternoon, snacks and dinner are provided to participants.

Criteria for the program include:

  • Attention-seeking
  • Hyperactivity
  • Temper-tantrums
  • Poor social skills
  • Poor self-control
  • Withdrawal/depression/anxiety
  • Minimum IQ of 70

Services include:

  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Medication management
  • Homework and tutoring
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Cooperative skills training
  • Basic living skills training
  • Activity therapy
  • Case management services

Transportation assistance is available for certain areas. Referrals & questions contact Caitlin Kirby, program coordinator, at (251) 661-0153.



West Mobile Academy

West Mobile Academy is a day treatment program operated by BayPointe Hospital in collaboration with the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) as well as Chickasaw, Saraland, and Satsuma City School Systems. It provides a therapeutic classroom environment and structured day treatment setting for elementary, middle, and high school students who receive special education services but are unable to maintain appropriate behaviors in a public school setting.

Criteria for West Mobile Academy: 

  • Current enrollment with MCPSS or city school system
  • Minimum IQ of 70
  • Must qualify for special education services in one of the following areas: emotional disability, specific learning disability, autism, developmental delay, or other impairment.
  • Exhibit any combination of at least five of the following behaviors: attention-seeking, poor personal boundaries, poor social skills, poor self-control, aggressive, hyperactivity, defiance towards authority, manipulative, withdrawal/depression/anxiety, temper tantrums.

Students receive:

  • Academic instruction by certified teachers
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Cooperative skills training
  • Basic living skills
  • Activity therapy
  • Psychiatric assessment and medication management
  • School system transportation
  • Behavior-focused summer camp

For referrals and more information, contact Debra Outlaw, facilitator of academics, at (251) 662-8054.

BayPointe Hospital Location

BayPointe Leadership Team

Click on a name to review the biography.

Visiting BayPointe Children’s Hospital & Residential Treatment Program

BayPointe-LobbyVisitation rules in a psychiatric hospital are different from those in a medical hospital for therapeutic reasons. BayPointe understands that this may be difficult for parents and children, but it is vital that the rules are complied with so that each child or teen can receive the quality services he/she deserves.

Only parents/guardians may visit unless others have been approved by the patient’s treatment team and parents. The immediate family is encouraged to visit; however, if parents or guardians wish for other family members to visit, particularly in their absence, the therapist needs to be informed. Only two people may visit at a time. Children under 12 years of age are not permitted to visit. This includes siblings of the patients.

Families living more than 25 miles from Mobile may look into the options offered by the Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing for families of hospitalized children.

Visiting hours:

• Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
• Major Holidays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Parental involvement in a child’s or teen’s treatment is vital to their successful stabilization. Therapeutic assignments may be provided during regular visiting hours. Therapeutic assignments can be useful in improving the lines of communication or directing the conversation around issues that need to be addressed. BayPointe does everything it can to make sure parents or guardians have time to visit with their child or teen. This may make it difficult to focus on an assignment if younger siblings are present. When child care options cannot be arranged, and parents need to visit, special visitation times may be helpful.

Patients are not allowed to receive food, candy, gum or drinks from visitors. In an effort to protect our patient’s well-being, staff members will open all incoming packages in the presence of patients and the parent/guardian.

To increase the assurance of safety, we ask that visitors do not bring handbags or cell phones into the hospital. If a child or teen requests anything, parents or guardians must check with the therapist, nurse or other staff to obtain approval. Car keys and photo ID are okay to bring into the building.

Since patients are engaged in activities off the unit and personal hygiene activities, the time for patients to make phone calls is limited.


Phone hours are from 4:30 p.m.– 6 p.m.*, and 7:30 p.m.– 9 p.m. daily (Consumer Code or Medical Record # is required.)
Limit for phone calls is five minutes.
* Please note that dinner is served each day from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and your child may be unavailable during that time.


Patient Rights – BayPointe Children’s Hospital

At BayPointe, we want to make sure you get the best care. So, if you are to get good care, there should be trust and respect between you and the people who give that care.

No patient shall be refused services based upon their inability to pay.

Patient, Family & Visitor Information

Child & Adolescent Intensive Residential Treatment Program

There are times when a child or adolescent 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 adolescents experiencing moderate to severe emotional or behavioral disturbances have failed to respond to less restrictive treatment interventions.

BayPointe’s intensive residential treatment program is certified by the Alabama Department of Mental Health and accredited by The Joint Commission.

Admission protocol

The AltaPointe Intensive Residential Treatment program housed in the BayPointe facility offers medically monitored, intensive and comprehensive psychiatric treatment for children and adolescents who are disruptive, sometimes uncontrollable, and often a danger to themselves or others. They may have a history of self-injurious behavior, have been exposed to trauma, exhibit maladaptive coping skills, and defiant and aggressive behaviors, which residential treatment will address.

Many factors must be considered before admission to intensive residential treatment is appropriate; most notable is the child or adolescent’s safety and that of others. Often these children have suffered from abuse, neglect or substance use issues, and an intervention is desperately needed. These children can no longer function in their homes and community settings. For these children and adolescents that range in age from 5 to 18, this program 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 access to services. BayPointe has contracts with the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Alabama Department of Mental Health, and Alabama Children’s Services Facilitation Team-Multiple Needs Child Office. 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 residential coordinator. BayPointe accepts referrals from across the state.

After admission

The BayPointe Hospital facility is located in a 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.

Following a thorough evaluation and diagnosis, our team of professionals develops an individualized treatment plan to meet each patient’s needs. In addition to therapies, activities may include pet therapy, gardening groups, organized outings, gym activities, and swimming.

Children and adolescents 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 adolescent 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

  • 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 nine to 12-month length of stay
  • Participation in supervised recreational outings and field trips
  • Participation in an academic program under the supervision of certified teachers

Discharge planning

It is important that the healthcare team has developed a plan for the child’s or adolescent’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. Before the attending physician discharges a patient, many tasks must be completed before a patient can leave.

Child and Adolescent Crisis Stabilization and Treatment

Admitting-Child-at-BayPointe-HospitalCaring for children in crisis

Watching a child suffer from a mental health crisis is one of the toughest experiences a parent can endure. 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 and adolescents 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 adolescent behaves in a life-threatening, destructive, or disabling way that requires 24-hour support, assessment, and professional treatment.

Conditions we treat

BayPointe serves 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

Parents need to remember that their child’s stay is intended to stabilize and treat the issues contributing to the crisis. A stay at BayPointe may be critical to their child’s treatment, but it is only one part of the recovery process.

Referral sources

We welcome referrals from mental health professionals, physicians and pediatricians, social service agencies, school systems, courts, and directly from families.

Insurance information

Most insurance plans cover emergency psychiatric care. Our intake team can assist with any questions regarding coverage. You can find out more about all of our programs and services by calling (251) 450-2211 or (888) 335-3044.

After admission

Therapist-ConsultationAfter a child or adolescent is admitted to BayPointe, a team led by a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist conducts a psychiatric evaluation and medication assessment. The average length of stay varies from 7 to 12 days.

Approved items your child will need during their stay*

  • Three days of clothing and pajamas*
  • Sweatshirt or sweater
  • A pair of slip-on shoes with no strings (Velcro is preferred)
  • All medication in the prescribed bottles
  • NO electronics, cell phones, personal music players, or hardback books allowed.

* We do provide laundry services, so please try to limit the amount of clothing you bring. Most children seem to more comfortable in lounge-type clothes during the day.

The facility provides basic toiletries such as plastic combs, plastic brushes, toothpaste, toothbrush, non-aerosol deodorant, plastic bottles of shampoo, and conditioner. Please do not send personal hygiene products unless your child has an allergy or sensitivity that require specialized products.; these will need to be approved by the physician.

Family involvement

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

Only patients are allowed to stay overnight at our facility. Family members who do not live in the area may ask for help in making arrangements during their stay.


Children and adolescents have the opportunity to participate in our academic program. A certified teacher or tutor works with our children individually and in a classroom setting. Close communication with the child’s regular school is maintained.


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 the least restrictive level of care as quickly as possible.

 Our treatment team includes:

  • Psychiatrist/physician
  • Psychiatric nurses
  • Masters-level social workers and therapists
  • Milieu managers
  • Recreational therapists
  • Certified teachers
  • Consultative psychologists
  • Family practice physicians and nurse practitioners
  • Behavioral aides

Therapeutic services

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
  • Crisis intervention and anger management
  • Participation in our academic program working with a certified teacher
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Social skills enhancement

 Discharge planning

The healthcare team will develop a plan for the child’s continued care before their return home or less restrictive care.

The child, their family, or support persons play a vital role in this process. Once the attending physician is prepared to discharge a patient, some tasks may take several hours must be done before a patient can leave the hospital. Understanding and planning for this may help the family during this process.

Adult Treatment Unit

The BayPointe Hospital Adult Treatment Unit (ATU) is designed to be a safe and secure setting where adults in psychiatric crisis voluntarily receive assessment, stabilization and treatment. This type of hospitalization may be initiated by the patient, the family or others that provide support to the individual being admitted. BayPointe only admits patients on a voluntary basis. The Adult Treatment Unit is a 24-bed wing of BayPointe Hospital, which is located in Mobile, Ala.

Admission protocol

Individuals admitted to the ATU are 19 years of age or older and have exhibited life-threatening, destructive or disabling behavior or symptoms.

Referrals for admission are not required and many patients are self-referred. However, we do accept referrals from a variety of settings including other hospitals and hospital emergency rooms, and outpatient settings, such as from therapists or physicians in private practice.

Though based in the Mobile Bay region of Alabama, our patients reside in other cities, counties, and states. BayPointe accepts all major insurance carriers, Medicaid and Medicare.

After admission

Each patient completes a psychiatric diagnostic evaluation and receives 24-hour clinical care during an average seven-to-nine day length of stay. The program focuses on stabilizing psychiatric symptoms and preventing psychiatric commitment. BayPointe’s professionals focus on returning patients to their homes or to the least restrictive level of care as quickly as possible, with comprehensive aftercare plans in place at the time of discharge.

Our treatment team comprises patients, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, recreational therapists, psychiatric residents, certified nursing assistants, and behavioral staff. Our approach to care includes family members and others. Family therapy and meetings with physicians are available at the request of the patient, family member or treatment team.

BayPointe professionals believe strongly in care coordination, which is why we consult primary care physicians, when appropriate. Psychiatrists assess and evaluate each patient daily, which includes managing each patient’s medications. Individual, group and recreational therapies help patients gain insight into their illnesses.

Discharge planning

Planning for discharge begins early in the treatment process. From the time of admission and after each interaction, our healthcare professionals work with the patient to ensure support services are in place prior to discharge. This may include medication monitoring, therapy, and substance abuse treatment.

Patients are referred for follow-up to their referring provider at discharge, or they may be referred to another private provider.

Who We Are

BayPointe Hospital opened its doors in 2002 as a free-standing psychiatric hospital serving the Mobile community and specializing in children’s inpatient care. It is located in West Mobile on a beautiful 15-acre campus. BayPointe Hospital offers short-term stabilization in an inpatient setting and long-term treatment in a residential setting for children and adolescents, in addition to day treatment programs.

Many factors must be considered before admission to BayPointe is appropriate. Often these children have suffered from abuse, neglect or substance abuse, and intervention is desperately needed. They may be disruptive, sometimes uncontrollable, exhibiting suicidal, aggressive or other unsafe behaviors and can no longer function in their homes and community settings.

Our programs

BayPointe Hospital and residential programs are located on the same campus. Patients can move fluidly between programs depending on the level of care and the amount of time needed for treatment. BayPointe’s Children’s Hospital provides a caring and secure environment where children 5 to 12 years of age, adolescents 13 to 18 years of age and young adults up to the age of 21, receive the stabilization they need to alleviate their acute symptoms as swiftly as possible. BayPointe’s qualified staff provides supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days per week throughout their stay.

When a child or teen living with psychiatric illness cannot thrive in the home or a community-based setting, an intensive, structured program may be prescribed. BayPointe Children’s Residential Treatment Center cares for children 5 to 12 years of age and adolescents 13 to 18 years of age. The program provides medically monitored intensive and comprehensive psychiatric treatment. The average length of stay is nine to 12 months.

West Mobile Academy is a day treatment program operated by BayPointe Hospital in collaboration with the Mobile County Public School System as well as Chickasaw, Saraland, and Satsuma City School Systems. It provides a therapeutic classroom environment and structured day treatment setting for elementary, middle, and high school students who receive special education services but are unable to maintain appropriate behaviors in a public school setting.

BayPointe Hospital offers an After School Day Treatment program for elementary, middle, and high school students who need additional support outside of the classroom. Through daily, intensive clinical intervention, its goal is to help children succeed in their school and their community.

BayPointe is accredited by The Joint Commission, certified by the Alabama Department of Mental Health and licensed by the Alabama Department of Public Health. It is a division of AltaPointe Health, the most comprehensive psychiatric and behavioral healthcare provider in Alabama.

AltaPointe has provided care since 1957, operating as Mobile Mental Health Center until it was rebranded in 2007. In addition to BayPointe, AltaPointe offers a comprehensive continuum of care for children and teens including outpatient, day treatment, residential and transitional age programs, all of which are tracked and monitored through electronic medical records.

BayPointe Hospital Home Page

Behavioral Health Services for Children

The inpatient behavioral health services at BayPointe consist of acute crisis management for child and adolescent patients and their families. We offer a comprehensive program, including a full psychiatric assessment by a board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. In addition, we provide daily therapeutic programming, including art, music, and movement groups. In order to support families through the acute crisis period, our medical staff offers family meetings and assist with coordinating care and follow up appointments at the time of discharge.

James LePage, DO

Call Now Button