Lifeways News

The Lifeways News page is dedicated to delivering the latest news related to Lifeways. Including, program insights and highlights, new programs and all things Lifeways. 

Lifeways officially cut the ribbon the The Lifeways Recovery Center in Ontario, OR on Wednesday and in a few short weeks will be welcoming their first residents since the Covid-19 pandemic forced a closure in early spring.

New Lifeways Psychiatric Hospital Opens in Eastern Oregon


HERMISTON, Oregon - Lifeways is pleased to announce the opening of Eastern Oregon’s first Psychiatric Hospital. Aspen Springs is a 16-bed acute care facility for adults. Patients receive high-quality individualized care in this state-of-the-art facility. Services are available 24 hours a day and include medication management, therapy, skills training, and support with community integration.


Aspen Springs is owned and operated by Lifeways Inc., a nonprofit comprehensive behavioral health organization serving the Northwest.

Lifeways receives Covid-19 grant award

OHA announced it had selected nonprofit organizations and tribal governments from throughout the state for health equity grants to address the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Oregon’s tribal communities and communities of color. The grants total $45 million, and a full list of the awardees can be found here.

Lifeways Program Spotlight: Pendleton and Hermiston Peer Support Team and Case Manager

The peer support specialist program is composed of adults with lived experience with mental illness, recovery and resilience. Peer support specialists model recovery and help participants to identify personal strengths and set their own recovery goals. Services include assistance with keeping appointments, completing paperwork or acquiring benefits. Socialization opportunities include art and music activities, cooking classes and recreational activities. Peer support specialists may also help with employment searches, goal setting, housing and interpersonal/life skills development.

The following individuals have gone above and beyond in ensuring that even during a pandemic, Lifeways is always here to help! 

Rosanna Valet & Alisia Mendoza (Rose has been out an about with clients throughout the pandemic and has done a wonderful job keeping high risk clients engaged with outpatient and psych services. Alisia has been an amazing support from the peer center, Rose has mentioned on more than one occasion that without her help Rose wouldn't be able to do what she has been doing in the community.)

Trisha Scott & Rebecca Perry (Trisha has been leading work on a community outreach grant project involving peers and Becky has been right there working beside her. These ladies have managed to keep their groups alive with use of Lifesize during the pandemic and even engage Hermiston peers in those Lifesize groups.) 


Both teams have also started coming together as one team with two units (one in Hermiston, one in Pendleton), something new and excited for all of us! 


Hermiston Case Manager is Ashlei Munoz (She has also remained active in the community assisting clients. She was recently out on maternity leave, but she worked in the community right up to a few days before giving birth, returned at the end of six weeks, and jumped right back into engaging with her clients and interacting with them in the community. 

Pendleton Case Managers are John Cupp and Susan Fordice have both been instrumental in making sure their clients have been well taken care of during the pandemic as well as meeting needs where they need to be met.