Children & Family Services

When your child is experiencing distressing emotional or behavioral symptoms, it often impacts your whole family. LifeWays is here to not only provide treatment for your child, but to help provide the support and resources you need to make your family stronger.

If your child receives Medicaid, MIChild or Healthy Michigan Plan and is experiencing symptoms of a severe emotional disturbance, behavioral challenge, mental illness, or intellectual or developmental disability, he or she may be eligible for behavioral health treatment through LifeWays. There are many options for treatment available through the LifeWays Provider Network, including Autism Spectrum Disorder services. You will have the ability to help decide your child's treatment and goals with a Person-Centered Plan designed by you, your child (when possible), and his or her treatment team.

Medicaid Autism Benefit (ABA Program)
The LifeWays Autism Benefit is a Medicaid-funded program that provides intensive interventions for children up to their 21st birthday who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder by LifeWays. 

Who Does LifeWays Serve?

We Help Everyone!
If you are unsure of where to go for your mental health, LifeWays is your place to start!

Crisis Services
Regardless of your insurance, if you are in crisis, are having suicidal thoughts, or are thinking of harming yourself or others, please call our 24-Hour Access Crisis Line at 800.284.8288. You can also walk into LifeWays Crisis R&R or request the Mobile Crisis Team, Monday through Friday 10 am to 7 pm. 

Medicaid or Healthy Michigan Plan
If you have Medicaid or Healthy Michigan Plan, please call us at 517.789.1200 or walk in during regular business hours to discuss your symptoms and situation.

Uninsured or Under-Insured (aka No Mental Health Coverage)
If you do not have insurance or do not have mental health coverage, please call us or walk in during regular business hours to discuss your symptoms and situation. We may even be able to help you apply for Medicaid or Healthy Michigan. With the Jackson and Hillsdale County Mental Health Millage, we are now able to help more of our uninsured consumers than ever before.

Private Insurance
If you have private insurance, you can either call the number listed on the back of your insurance card or you can call Central Michigan 2-1-1 who will help you find a behavioral health provider in your network.

Regardless of your insurance, if you are in crisis, please call the LifeWays 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1.888.284.8288 or visit our office during business hours.


Confidential Online Self-Assessment

Unsure whether you should seek help for yourself or a family member? Take our confidential online self-assessment. A few simple questions will help identify common symptoms for depression, anxiety, adolescent depression, bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, alcohol or substance use disorders.


For Personal Use Only.  This is not a diagnosis. After your self-assessment, please call the LifeWays 24-Hour Access Crisis Line at 1.800.284.8288 to be screened for community mental health services or come in during business hours if you prefer a face-to-face screening.

Take a brief self-assessment