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, MIChild 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 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 our 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1.888.284.8288 or visit our office during business hours.