For Patients

We offer Mental Health Access (copay or deductible) Assistance to youth, children, and parents of dependent children (ages 0-25) who live in Lancaster County and have financial need.

NEW! Mental Health Access Assistance

Formerly Mental Health Copay Assistance program

Our Mental Health Access Assistance program provides monetary assistance to youth, children, and parents of dependent children (ages 0-25) who live in Lancaster County and have financial need. We will cover costs up to $50 per visit (towards copay or deductible) to a licensed behavioral healthcare provider.

How It Works

  • Qualified applicants will be matched with a local behavioral healthcare provider participating in this program
  •  The behavioral healthcare provider will send Touchstone Foundation an invoice of the remaining balance after your copay or deductible is paid
  • We will cover costs up to $50 per visit

Note: Qualified applicants with an existing provider can have their provider sign up to participate in our program.

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

Who Qualifies?

  • Resident of Lancaster County, PA
  • Persons age 0-25 years old, or a parent/guardian of a dependent child age 0-25 years old
  • Household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Must have private insurance
  • Must have a copay OR an unmet deductible
Note: Patients must re-enroll with us each year so that we can verify their income eligibility.
Persons in family/householdPoverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $5,380 for each additional person.

How To Apply

  • About 30 minutes
  • Electronic/scanned copies of the items below. 
    • You can use a scanning app on your phone, such as Adobe Scan, GeniusScan, or CamScanner
  • Your insurance card
  • Proof of residency
    • driver’s license or state ID, bank statement, utility bill, or other official mail that contains a name, address, and a date.
    • You may black out sensitive information such as account numbers. Please do not submit mail from a commercial vendor such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, etc.
  • Proof of income
    • the first two pages of your previous year’s tax return (Form 1040). 
    • Black out your SSN. If you have never filed a tax return, you will need a copy of your pay stub. 

Application Timeline

  • You should get a response within about five business days. If you don’t, please contact us.
  • If you are approved, you will get a letter in the mail with an enrollment card. You will present that card to your provider at your appointments.
  • Your provider will also receive a letter notifying them that you are enrolled in our program. 
  • You will need to submit a new application in one year to confirm you are still eligible. 

Need Health Insurance?

Pennsylvania’s Health Access Network provides free assistance in understanding, applying for, and enrolling in health coverage, as well as troubleshooting problems. Review their frequently asked questions.

FAQ: What are my health coverage options?

If you need health coverage or do not receive it from your employer, you may be eligible for one of the following types of coverage:

  • Free health coverage for low-income Pennsylvanians (Known as Medicaid, ACCESS, or Medical Assistance)
  • Free or low cost health coverage for children under 19 (The Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP)
  • Healthcare you can purchase on your own. 9 out of 10 people qualify for financial assistance! (Known as Pennie, Obamacare, or Marketplace Coverage)
  • Healthcare programs for people with disabilities, such as Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD), Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS), or Medicare
  • Health coverage for people over 65 (Medicare)


Additional Questions? Call or text Pennsylvania’s Health Access Network’s helpline at (877) 570-3642

Get up to $50 covered for your mental health visits today!

For more information or help enrolling call 717-397-8722

Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 8am-5pm

Additional Resources

The Community Mental Health Assistance Program, or CMAP, is a voluntary program that is both free and confidential. To get started, contact MHA Lancaster at 717-397-7461 or to obtain additional information regarding the CMAP program and the participating providers.

Visit their website to learn more.

If you are Black or Latinx living in Lancaster, and would like to use these mental health services, Patients R Waiting can cover the entire cost of at least 3 sessions with them.

Fill out the interest form on their website.

The Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition offers sliding scale 1:1 therapy with behavioral health professionals. Visit their website to fill out their intake form and get connected!

Fill out the interest form on their website.