In the past year, Highfields has welcomed students
from all over Michigan to our campus.

Residential programs were the founding blocks of Highfields. They were the first programs we offered in 1962. Today, our campus is still located on the same 140 acres in rural Ingham County. We have four residential houses, guest cottages, an on-site school and gymnasium. We also have a lake, an indoor and outdoor experiential education course, hiking trails and athletic fields.

We provide two residential programs:

Both are available to boys ages 11-17 from all over the state of Michigan. Throughout the course of a residential student's stay at Highfields, our counselors work with them to learn about their individual needs.

Click here for information on how to make a referral to Highfields.


During a student’s first month in Highfields’ program, time is taken to learn about the youth. This is done through direct observation, interdisciplinary staffing, file review and an in-home family conference with the student’s parents or guardians. To develop an accurate and individualized treatment plan, the following validated assessments are administered:

Evidence-Based Treatment

To best serve students in the Highfields program, several evidenced-based practices are used to provide valid and  reliable treatment for an array of issues, including:

Re-Entry Planning

Highfields strives to produce a release plan that comprehensively addresses any remaining needs of the student and identifies resources for those needs in the community. Release planning starts at least two months before release. All stakeholders, including the student, workers, family and counselors, are included in the process and fully understand it. The process includes interdisciplinary conferences, weekend home visits and cognitive behavioral  exercises focused on community success.

The student’s release plan may include:

  • Addressing family dynamics
  • Addressing health concerns
  • Enrolling in counseling
  • Scheduling psychiatric services
  • Enrolling in school
  • Identifying social supports
  • Identifying employment opportunities
  • Developing relapse prevention plans
  • Identifying suitable recreational activities

Professional Consulting Services will provide re-entry care coordination for all Department of Human Services youth.