Mental Health Copay Assistance

We offer Mental Health Copay Assistance to youth, children, and parents of dependent children (ages 0-25) who live in Lancaster County, PA., and have financial need. This reduces their copays to just $10 per visit to a licensed behavioral healthcare provider.

How It Works

We offer a FREE Mental Health Copay Assistance program for Lancaster County youth and children through age 25, and their parents in financial need. This program reduces a participant’s copay for visits with a licensed behavioral healthcare provider to just $10.

If an applicant does not have insurance, they should call PMHCA (Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association) at (717) 564-4930 to apply for ACA or Medicaid.

Who Qualifies?

  • Persons age 0-25 years old, or a parent/guardian of a dependent child age 0-25 years old
  • Resident of Lancaster County, PA
  • Must have private insurance
  • Household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines


Current Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • A single person with an income of $31,225 or below
  • A family of two with an income of $42,275 or below
  • A family of three with an income of $53,325 or below
  • A family of four with an income of $64,375 or below

This is NOT

  • An insurance substitute – however, we can assist clients with insurance enrollment and referrals
  • Financial assistance for prescriptions
  • Financial assistance for primary care or emergency room visits


For questions or concerns about eligibility contact Shanece Bowman – Programs Manager during business hours 8am-5pm at (717) 392-1595

Get $10 Mental Health Visits Today!

Learn more or find out if you are eligible for this program by contacting Shanece Bowman – Programs Manager, at (717) 392-1595, or email here

For insured patients who qualify for our assistance program, providers:

  • Client’s private insurance company will be billed FIRST
  • Client’s will be billed $10 by their provider
  • The Touchstone Foundation will supplement the remaining balance after the insurance has been billed

For uninsured patients who qualify for our assistance program:

  • Touchstone Foundation will FIRST assist clients in obtaining private insurance and if eligible Medicaid
  • Touchstone Foundation will help clients connect with providers who accept their insurance

History of Mental Health Copay Assistance Program

Formerly known as PALCO (Project Access Lancaster County), this program transitioned in July 2017 from being operated as an independent nonprofit to a program of Touchstone Foundation. PALCO was founded in 2007 with the mission to improve the healthcare of Lancaster County residents by increasing access to quality healthcare providers. From 2007-2015, volunteer PALCO healthcare providers contributed a staggering $47.8 million of donated medical care. In April 2015, PALCO ended its volunteer program of donated medical service for the uninsured and transitioned to copay coverage.

From 2015-2017, PALCO participated as a grant recipient in the application with Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine to the United Way of Lancaster County for Let’s Talk, Lancaster: Changing the conversation about mental health. This grant, which ended July 1, 2018, covered the cost of the copay assistance program.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Touchstone Foundation continues this vital program to help youth (and parents of dependent children) in need of mental health copay assistance. We gratefully acknowledge a grant from PNC which partially funded an increase in the income eligibility requirements for this program.