About LifeWays

Our Mission

LifeWays inspires hope and promotes life-enhancing recovery.

Our Vision

We envision a fully integrated healthcare network that supports individuals in our community to reach their full potential.

Our Values

Exceptional Service: Dedicated to ensuring all customer interactions exceed expectations.

Person-Centered Care: Empowering the people we serve to achieve their hopes, dreams, desires, and goals through treatment focused on their individual needs and preferences.

Innovation: Embracing a culture of continuous improvement.

Integrity: Accountability and adherence to professional ethics.

Strategic Partnerships: Partnering with agencies who share our commitment to improving the health of our community.

Compassion: Sensitive and caring to those around us.

We Serve Jackson and Hillsdale County Residents:

  • Adults with Mental Illness
  • Persons with an Intellectual/Developmental Disability
  • Persons with a Co-Occurring Disorder
  • Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances


  • Medicaid
  • Healthy Michigan
  • Uninsured
  • Underinsured

LifeWays Community Mental Health has provided behavioral health services to residents of Jackson and Hillsdale counties since 1966. We primarily serve county residents who have Medicaid, Healthy Michigan Plan, uninsured or under-insured who also have a diagnosed severe mental illness, intellectual/developmental disability, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders. A wide variety of behavioral health treatment options are available through our Provider Network of over 40 behavioral health providers located locally and throughout Michigan.

LifeWays has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International. CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality. Our accreditation includes:

  • Assessment and Referral:  Mental Health (Adults, Adolescents, and Children)
  • Case Management/Supports Coordination:  Mental Health (Adults, Adolescents, and Chldren)
  • Crisis Intervention:  Mental Health (Adults, Adolescents, and Children)
  • Network
  • Integrated Behavioral Health/ Primaty Care: Comprehensive Care (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults, Adolescents, and Children)

We are also held to the highest level of care by our overseeing organization, Mid-State Health Network (MSHN). Mid-State Health Network is comprised of 12 community mental health boards --including LifeWays-- that provides services to a 21-county area. MSHN also manages the substance use services for these counties.

As an organization who receives public funding and serves the most vulnerable people in our communities, it is our goal to keep our community informed of our current standings and operations. Our current Strategic Plan and financial statements will always be available to the public.

Our Strategic Goals are:

  • Better Health
  • Better Care
  • Better Experiences
  • Reduced Costs

If you would like more information about LifeWays, who we serve, and how we operate, please call our Customer Services department at 517.780.3332 or contact us through our Contact page.

Millage Spending Reports 

Hillsdale County Millage Spending Report

Jackson County Millage Spending Report

Our Communities

At LifeWays, we believe in being an active part of our communities. LifeWays has had the privilege of serving Jackson and Hillsdale counties for over 50 years and, because of that, we make it our priority to support what matters to our communities.

front of lifeways jackson buildingAnnually, LifeWays participates in nearly 30 community events such as

  • Walk Around the Park for Autism
  • Jackson and Hillsdale Kids' Fest
  • Recovery Out Loud Walk
  • Molly's Glitter Run
  • Jackson's Juneteenth
  • Jackson and Hillsdale County Fair
  • Jackson Back to School Bash and Blast
  • Hanover Horton Back to School Blessing Night
  • Stomp Out Suicide 
  • Project Connect
  • and many more

Our staff's extracurricular committee, which we call PERKs, chooses a different charity to support through jean days and fundraisers - donating over $500 a year to deserving local organizations, supporting: 

  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention at Aware Shelter in Jackson and Domestic Harmony in Hillsdale
  • Child Abuse Prevention at CPCAN Jackson & CAPA Hillsdale
  • Dogs and Cats at Cascades Humane Society & Hillsdale Humane Society

We also offer use of our public meeting rooms to our communities for no charge. If you are interested in using one of our meeting spaces for your next meeting, please contact our Customer Services Department at 517.780.3332 or use the form on our Contact page.

We are proud to be a part of Jackson and Hillsdale counties and it is our honor to be able to serve you.