From the Beginning
Lifeways began in 1964 as Malheur County Mental Health with 14 employees providing local services to a rural community (10,000 square miles, 32,000 people) who had to seek services from a medical doctor or travel to Portland, Oregon (400 miles), or Boise, Idaho (50 miles) to receive the proper care. In October of 1997 Malheur County Mental Health privatized and incorporated becoming Lifeways, Inc. The company moved to larger quarters and eventually began serving Umatilla County as well. Currently, Lifeways has expanded services into Idaho and now employs more than 350 people.
Lifeways offers a comprehensive array of behavioral health services. In Malheur County, services include help with issues related to mental and emotional health, developmental disabilities, substance use and problem gambling. In Umatilla County, services are limited to help with mental and emotional problems.
Lifeways is the largest behavioral health care provider in the region with over 300 employees. Lifeways is licensed to serve in Idaho and is certified to provide mental health and addiction services by the State of Oregon.