What is the Patient Assistance Fund?
The Patient Assistance Fund (PAF) helps individuals, children, and families in our community who come to Pine Rest for care but have limited resources to pay for treatment. The fund is comprised of annually accumulated gifts from individuals, churches, and businesses who want to help those in need of Christian mental health care get the services they need.
The gifts help reduce the financial obligation many patients face because all PAF gifts are applied directly to patient accounts.
Anyone who is concerned about the cost of a patient’s care may ask Pine Rest’s account manager or the outpatient clinic manager to apply for consideration for financial help. Pine Rest looks at each request in terms of the patient’s insurance coverage, financial resources and other criteria.
Whom does the Patient Assistance Fund (PAF) benefit?
A wide variety of people receive help through the fund each year. The number of people helped depends on the generosity of our donors. Each outpatient clinic has its own PAF so locally donated funds benefit individuals, children, and families in that community. Most individuals receiving help are served by our outpatient services. Others benefiting from the fund are residents in the on-campus residential program and inpatient program.
For testimonial profiles from some of the individuals PAF has helped, click here.
What would happen if that money were not available?
For some, PAF can make a significant difference in their ability to get the expert, Christian care they need. With so many families underinsured, few families can afford paying the full cost of mental health treatment.
How can you help?
You can do one or more of the following:
- Make a personal gift to the Patient Assistance Fund.
- Share information about PAF. Ask your employer about matching gift opportunities and corporate giving guidelines.
- Ask for and promote your church’s participation and support of PAF.
- Consider a planned gift for PAF.