Group home space is limited, but you can enroll your family member in West Alabama Mental Health services at any of our outpatient offices. This is the first step to mental illness group home placement. If the consumer is diagnostically qualified for a mental illness group home and they wish to live there, a referral will be made to that group home. If a bed is available, the consumer will be admitted, otherwise the consumer will be placed on a waiting list on a first come-first serve basis. A primary diagnosis of a severe mental illness is required to go into a mental illness group home. These include schizophrenia, major depression, and bi-polar disorder and some others. The person cannot have a primary diagnosis of intellectual disabilities , substance abuse, or brain damage and be admitted to a mental illness group home.