Intellectual & Development Disabilities Services

We choose to see the ability in each of the people we serve - not the disability.  You may have Autism. Cerebral Palsy. Down Syndrome. Or any other Intellectual or Developmental Disability. But you are more than your disability. That is why we aim to provide a unique set of services and supports to help each person we work with achieve the life he or she wants to live. Whether it's being more independent, getting involved in the community, or even learning to tie shoes, we are here to help make those goals a reality. A treatment team will help you and your chosen support system including family, guardians, or friends, design a Person-Centered Plan which will guide the services and supports needed to reach those goals.

If you or your loved one receive Medicaid or Healthy Michigan Plan and are diagnosed with or experiencing symptoms of a severe intellectual or developmental disability, you may be eligible for behavioral health treatment through LifeWays. There are many supports and services available through the LifeWays Provider Network, including residential living, community supports, respite, and more. If you have a child who is currently in the school system, but will be aging out in the next few years, it's not too early to start seeking services. We can help support you through the transition of aging out of school and help connect you with the care your child needs into adulthood.

Medicaid Autism Benefit (ABA Program)
The LifeWays Autism Benefit is a state funded program that provides intensive interventions for children starting at age 18 months diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by LifeWays. 

Click here to download the Autism Welcome Packet.

Private Insurance
If your child has private insurance or is not eligible to receive services at LifeWays, you can either call the number listed on the back of your insurance card for information about behavioral health providers in your network or you can call Central Michigan 2-1-1 who may also be able to assist you in finding a behavioral health provider.

Medicaid, Healthy Michigan, or Uninsured 
If your child has Medicaid, Healthy Michigan, MIChild or is uninsured, you can call us at 517.789.1200 or walk into our open access center and talk with one of our staff members about whether you might be eligible to receive services from us. We may even be able to help you apply for Medicaid, MIChild or Healthy Michigan Plan.