Through the initiatives of Touchstone Foundation, we hope to streamline connections between caregivers, existing structures, and available resources for youth and children’s behavioral health in Lancaster County. True to our osteopathic roots, we support a compassionate, holistic approach.
In 2023, we are announced our Mental Health Access Assistance program. The purpose is still the same: provide monetary assistance to youth, children, and parents of dependent children (ages 0-25) who live in Lancaster County and have financial need. To qualify for the program the household income may not exceed 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Patients must have commercial insurance and re-enroll with us each year so that we can verify their income eligibility.
Our 2022 Grantees:
Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County – Play and Learns
Samaritan Counseling Center – TeenHope Digital Screening
In 2022, we now support undergraduate students pursuing mental health careers, such as social work, psychology, education, and related fields.
In September 2022, we celebrated the licensure of 16 new therapists/counselors plus two more awaiting licensing exams. We are experiencing unprecedented wait lists for youth mental health services, and crisis levels of needs among youth experiencing challenges from COVID-19.
We are grateful to The Steinman Foundation for matching funds to launch and support this program.
In 2022, we launched our Rise Above: Eliminating Stigma in Youth Mental Wellness youth summit is a collaboration between the Touchstone Foundation and The Hood Hippie Love Yourself.
The goal for this summit is to help students gain new skills and connect them to resources for mental health in Lancaster County.
We surveyed over 1,200 parents/caregivers and listened to 100 youth share their needs and ideas for mental healthcare. We updated our needs assessment and reevaluated our grants program.