Urgent Mental Health Assistance Criteria

The Journey Fund has partnered with Alicia Gutierez, M.A. in Counseling at Polis Recovery Project to provide emergent counseling services to individuals receiving cancer treatment. This fund is intended to serve uninsured and underinsured individuals and /or individuals who are unable to access mental health care due to long wait times. Approved applicants will be provided with an approval number that they will use to schedule their free mental health sessions. Approved applicants will be eligible for:

  •  Three free counseling sessions with Alicia Gutierez, M.A. in Counseling at Polis Recovery Project.
  • Counseling available in English and Spanish.
  • Tele-mental health or in-person visits available. 


  1. Applicant is in active treatment.
  2. Applicant is a South Puget Sound resident or is receiving treatment at a facility located in South Puget Sound.
  3. Applicant is financially eligible, as defined below, OR the request is for a service and/or product that is medically necessary, as defined below.
    – An applicant is financially eligible if he or she receives an annual income, after taxes, of 250% or less of the current federally established poverty level. Annual income includes both earned income and unearned income (public assistance, investment etc.). Please see chart below.
    – A service or product is “medically necessary” if it directly contributes to cancer-related diagnosis, treatment or recovery.
  4. Applicant has exhausted all other resources.
  5. Applicant has not exceeded the limits, as defined below, for emergency assistance.
    – An applicant is limited to receiving Emergency Mental Health Assistance once every 12 months. The amount received may not exceed $375 in any 12-month period.

Applications that meet this criteria will be considered by the Application Committee on a case-by-case basis.

Federal Poverty Guidelines 2024

*For family units with more than 8 members, add $13,450 annually ($1,121/ month) for each additional member to meet the 250% of federal poverty guidelines.

Updated 4/5/2024