Helpful Links

Central Michigan 2-1-1 is a referral hotline for human service needs, serving a nine county area including Jackson and Hillsdale. They can help connect you to resources for food, clothing, housing, utility assistance, financial assistance, employment, education, healthcare, legal services, and more. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national hotline for persons in crisis or those contemplating suicide. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. You can call them at 1-800-273-8255 or chat with them online.

Jackson County Suicide Prevention Coalition is a local group that meets quarterly with a goal of increasing suicide awareness in Jackson County.

Hillsdale County Suicide Prevention Coalition is an active group in the Hillsdale community dedicated to decreasing suicide rates in their county and instilling hope in their community.

Drug Free Jackson is a collaborative group of community members that meet regularly to address the issue of substance abuse prevention needs for Jackson County.

Hillsdale County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is a group of invested community members that work diligently to reduce the abuse and addiction of substance use in Hillsdale County.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. There is a local chapter currently in Jackson County.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Michigan focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those who have lost someone to suicide.

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities. is a great resource from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services with information about behavioral health issues. is the national healthcare marketplace, where you can find and enroll in health insurance programs.

Mid-State Health Network (MSHN) is a Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan that is made up of 12 community mental health boards, including LifeWays, and serves a 21 county area in Michigan. MSHN also manages the substance use services for these counties.

Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is the state association representing the state’s public Community Mental Health (CMH) centers, the public Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHP) public health plans formed and governed by the CMH centers) and the providers within the CMH and PIHP provider networks.