Children's Behavioral Health

Childhood and Adolescence can be a challenging time, especially when children have problems with their behavior, attention or mood or when there are difficulties at home or at school. If problems go untreated, children can develop low-self-esteem, perform poorly at school, have troubling relationships with friends and family or not live up to their potential.

At Children’s of Alabama, we want to meet you at these difficult crossroads. The Behavioral Health Ireland Center is where we strive to be your partners in helping your child to be successful. We are here to offer hope and partnership in helping your child grow to become a happy, healthy and a confident individual. Each child and family have treatment needs that must be tailored to him or her. We value innovative approaches to treatment, but understand that there are no shortcuts to a good assessment and individualized treatment plans.

Our caring, experienced team of clinicians provides high-quality care in the environment best suited for your child, whether that's on an outpatient basis or in an inpatient setting.  Our facilities are State of The Art and focus on patient safety and well-being first.  Our unique and inviting mental healthcare environment provides an attractive, supportive, cheerful and caring atmosphere.

Throughout its history, Children’s has been dedicated to being a leader in Child and Adolescent mental health treatment, education and research. Our treatment philosophy has also been guided by a set of values that helps us achieve our mission while creating a culture that attracts the best clinical specialist and staff.

With that in mind, when you and your child visit our outpatient or inpatient services, our care providers take time to get to know each child and their family and gather the information necessary to help us guide your child. We focus on providing your child and family with tools to navigate life's storms and to maximize the opportunities for success. We offer several types of therapy, which include family, individual, behavioral and group to name a few.

We encourage families to join in the treatment process, because family members can have a positive impact on the patient's success. Evidence shows that treatment combining both outpatient and/or inpatient therapy with medication administration is Superior to medication alone. We also provide an aftercare plan to help continue progress after leaving the hospital.

Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses and expert clinic support staff.  Referrals to other specialists may also be considered. At your request, we may provide recommendations to your child's school and communicate with educators to advocate for your child if needed.

Parents often comment that the care their children receive here is comprehensive and different than care previously received. We believe that this is because we are dedicated to understanding your child and to providing them with the tools to be successful in life.


Children's Behavioral Health Ireland Center
1600 7th Avenue South, Suite 500 McWane
Birmingham, Alabama 35233

Office: 205-638-9193
Toll Free: 1-800-226-4770 ext. 9193
Fax: 205-638-9949

Children's at Lakeshore – Our Patient Behavioral Health (referrals only)
2204 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 410
Birmingham, Alabama 35209

Office: 205-870-5678 (referral only)
Fax: 205-879-0071

Office Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

If you have an emergency, and your child is in immediate danger of harming her/himself or others, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.

For all other types of requests including follow-up appointments, prescription refills, medical records, or billing inquiries, please call our office and select the appropriate prompt.