What insurance covers BayView services?

Most BayView providers are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, Humana/LifeSync, Value Options (Beach Health), Medicare, Healthsprings, Tricare, American Behavioral, and many national EAP carriers.

Also located in Mobile’s BayView office building is Montlimar Outpatient Services, a program primarily dedicated to adults in Mobile County insured by the Alabama Public Education Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (PEEHIP).

Certain insurance plans limit their coverages to particular credentials. Please check with your insurance company for specific coverages on your plan.

All copayments and deductibles are due at the time of service according to your health insurance plan’s allowable amounts. We require full payment at the time of service when a health insurance plan does not consider BayView “in-network.”

What payment methods are accepted?

BayView accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

What should I expect when I call?

A specialist will conduct an assessment and screening over the phone. Subsequent appointments may be made at the BayView Professional Associates’ office where you receive your care.

If after answering a number of questions it is determined that you, your loved one or friend would benefit from another provider or other community agency, AltaPointe will assist you by making the appropriate referral in the community.

What information will I need to supply?

  • Caller’s Name (and/or name of individual in need of services)
  • Date of Birth
  • Home Address
  • Insurance Information
  • Social Security Number

What questions might I be asked?

  • Have you ever been a patient at AltaPointe?
  • Describe your current signs/symptoms.
  • Are you able to sleep? Is your sleep affected?
  • Have you had an increase or decrease in appetite?
  • Do you believe you are a danger to yourself?
  • Do you believe you are a danger to others?
  • Do you have any risk factors? (Click to view)
    Risk factors may include:
    ­    Hallucinations
    ­    Delusions
    ­    Paranoia
    ­    Family history of substance abuse/mental Illness
    ­    No support system
  • Do you have any involvement with the police or courts?
  • Do you have any medical problems?
  • Are you experiencing any physical or sexual abuse?
  • Do you believe you may have a substance abuse problem?
  • Have you had previous behavioral health counseling or treatment?

What should I bring to my first appointment?

Because we want your experience with AltaPointe to be the best and most beneficial, please complete the Pre-Intake form and bring it with you. You also may be asked to provide or bring the following documents to your appointment:

  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of residency
  • Medications and medication list
  • Court papers or power of attorney document, if needed
  • Your photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or other government issued ID)
  • Your Insurance Card(s)
  • Your copay and/or deductible amount in full
  • Pre-Intake Form (please complete and bring with you to your first appointment)

How much will EAP services cost an employee?

Zero. In fact, employees are encouraged to use EAP services whenever help is needed or assistance is needed in managing job or family responsibilities. EAP counseling is available for problems that can be resolved in a short time. The number of sessions depends on each particular case and the employer’s contract with BayView. Referrals are made for problems requiring more time.

Barbara Leigh, LPC-S, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH

Barbara Leigh, LPC-S, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience in mental health treatment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hollins University and a master’s degree in education in counseling and counselor education from Indiana University. She has been a member of the American Counseling Association since 1988 and is active in the Alabama Counseling Association. Leigh is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider and holds credentials as a Supervising Counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Leigh has worked in a variety of settings including clinical outpatient, inpatient, residential, day treatment, crisis response, forensic evaluation, in-home, online, private practice and in the broadcasting industry. She treats patients of all ages and has been an instructor in psychology, child development, and human sexuality. In addition, she has been a presenter at various conferences around the country in the areas of art therapy, online counseling, play therapy and the effects of media. Leigh provides individual, family, couples and group therapy and specializes in cognitive-behavior therapy, creative arts therapy, applied behavior analysis for special needs children and sand tray/play therapy.


Julie McMullen, MS, LPC, NCC

Julie E. McMullen, MS, LPC, NCC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Alabama and a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi.


McMullen began working at AltaPointe in 2004 as a case manager and completed her master’s internship with the adult outpatient Bridge Team and day treatment programs. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings including outpatient, adolescent residential, adult residential, and school/day treatment. For six years, she worked as an in-home therapist providing intensive individual and family therapy as well as crisis intervention services. McMullen is skilled at helping clients work through issues related to grief and trauma. She is also interested in working with clients who have been diagnosed with anxiety and mood disorders.

Lee Nowlin, LICSW, PIP

Lee Nowlin, LICSW, PIP, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with more than 25 years of direct, client-centered, practice. Nowlin holds a bachelor degree in psychology and social work from Greenville College, Greenville, Ill. She also earned a master of social work degree from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.


She has extensive experience in the treatment of adults with addiction issues, personality disorders and mood disorders, focusing on self-esteem building, and the development of healthy life skills.

Julius M. “Jay” Ritchie, MEd, LPC

Julius M. “Jay” Ritchie, MEd, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 20 years’ private practice experience in adult, child, adolescent, group, couples, and family therapy systems. His primary area of service provision is in cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) and CBT skills development.  He holds bachelor and master degrees from The University of Montevallo.

Ritchie’s areas of expertise and interest include teaching personal life management skills in depressive and anxiety disorders, cluster B personality disorders, in learning to cope with posttraumatic stress disorder, the ending of lifelong issues, and the implementation of forgiveness, acceptance, mindfulness, and personal well-being. He enjoys conducting adult, couples, family, and individual therapies with all age populations.

Ritchie worked 13 years with Alabama Psychiatric Services, PC, in its adult group psychotherapy Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program before joining BayView in February 2015.

Elizabeth Wood, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, BC-TMH, CDMHS

Elizabeth Wood, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, BC-TMH, CDMHS, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She completed her doctoral degree from Capella University in 2015. Wood has also received her credentials from the American Mental Health Counseling Association recognizing her as a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, and has been named a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling. She is also a Licensed Professional Counseling Supervisor and EMDR certified.

Wood provides outpatient counseling for adults, groups, families, adolescents, and children. Wood utilizes person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal psychodynamic, and play therapy techniques to assist patients in meeting their goals. She has worked on residential units with adolescents and has experience working with both mental health and substance abuse issues. Wood is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Chi Sigma Iota, and Phi Kappa Phi.

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Sandra Parker, MD

Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 with an honors degree in biology. She attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama-School of Medicine in Birmingham. Parker completed her fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for the Health Sciences in Little Rock. As a second year resident, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Resident Award, and as a fellow, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Child Fellow Award. Parker is dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. During her tenure at AltaPointe, the organization has grown from 300 employees to more than 1,450 employees. In addition to her role as AltaPointe’s medical director, she is vice-chair and associate professor for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Parker has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She is the president of the Alabama Hospital Psychiatric Association and past president of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Association, a local chapter of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2007, she was named an Alabama Health Care Hero by the Alabama Hospital Association. She was appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley to serve as a member of the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, a position she still holds. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the USA College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and the USA College of Nursing. Parker has served as a member of the USA Center for Healthy Communities Advisory Committee. Past appointments include the Mercy Medical Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Transitional Task Force on Healthcare, and the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors. Her major psychiatric interests are in the fields of autism-related disorders, healthcare disparities and telepsychiatry.

Caleb Wilson, MD

W. Caleb Wilson, MD, joined Altapointe as an outpatient adult psychiatrist at the BayView – Fairhope clinic in July 2022. He graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences before attending and completing medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Wilson underwent residency training in psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK, where he received awards for the most outstanding intern, outstanding teaching of medical students, and attaining the highest score on the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Exam (PRITE). As an outpatient general adult psychiatrist at the BayView – Fairhope clinic, Dr. Wilson treats a broad range of adult mental illness with an extra focus on treatment-resistant and refractory depression.

Wanda Whiddon, PMHNP

Wanda Whiddon, PMHNP, joins BayView Professional Associates as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile, and her master’s in nursing at Walden University based in Minneapolis, MN. Whiddon is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as the American Nurses Association.

Whiddon has 18 years of experience as cardiology and mental health care nurse. She will provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and supportive therapy for patients experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar, and other mood disorders.

BayView is the private practice division of AltaPointe Health.

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