2-1-1 Info & Help is a Phone Call Away

INFO-LINE 211 - A FREE Nationwide Information Database

 

By Linda Ziac

March 14, 2017

The Caregiver Resource Center

www.CaregiverResourceCenter.com

 

 

DO YOU EVER NEED TO LOCATE A RESOURCE, BUT AREN'T SURE WHERE TO LOOK?

 

You may be looking for information about:

 

•  Childcare in your area

 

•  How to file for social security disability

 

•  Substance abuse treatment facilities

 

•  Eligibility requirements for food stamps

 

•  Autism services

 

•  Help for depression and thoughts of suicide

 

•  Veteran benefits

 

 

Did you ever think it would be great if you could place one phone call, have access to a huge data base network, and have a person available to help you locate the information you need?

 

 

WELCOME TO INFOLiNE 2-1-1

 

 

2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people find needed resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

 

According to the Federal Communications Commission, in July 2000 the dialing code 2-1-1 was reserved throughout all 50 states, Washington D.C and Puerto Rico; to be a universally recognized and easily remembered number. 

 

The 2-1-1 data base resource number is operated by a private non-profit community service organization, local government, or local affiliates of the United Way of America.

 

2-1-1 reaches approximately 270 million people (90% of the total U.S. population), covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico

 

 

“In many states, dialing “2-1-1” provides individuals and families in need with a shortcut through what may be a bewildering maze of health and human service agencies’ phone numbers.  By simply dialing 211, those in need of assistance are referred, and sometimes connected, to appropriate agencies and community organizations.”

 

Source: The FCC (Federal Communications Commission

 

 

THE AMAZING THING ABOUT 2-1-1

 

The amazing thing about dialing 2-1-1 is that no matter where you live in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, you will receive access to information and referrals regarding local and national assistance, on topics such as:

 

•  Governmental agencies

 

•  Non-profit organizations

 

•  Social service programs

 

•  Physical and Mental Health Resources

 

•  Work Support

 

•  Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities

 

•  Children, Youth and Family Support

 

•  Emergency Suicide Prevention

 

•  Volunteer opportunities

 

 

WAYS TO ACCESS INFOLINE 2-1-1

 

1. You can pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1

 

 

2.  You can visit -   http://www.211.org

 

You will be taken to a website where you can search for by zip code, city, or state

 

This can be especially helpful if you are searching for resources for a friend or family member who lives in another area of the country.

 

 

SEARCH EXAMPLES:

 

 

Searching by zip code:

 

if you type in a zip code such as 06830 (a Greenwich zip code), the website produces the following information.

 

211 Dial 2-1-1 from service calling area

(800) 203-1234 Alternative Number

(860) 522-4636 Alternative Number

 

2-1-1 information, referral and crisis intervention

 

 

Searching by city:

 

If you type in a city such as Rye NY, the website produces the following information.

 

2-1-1 United Way of Westchester and Putnam

 

211  Dial 2-1-1 from service calling area

 

(800) 899-1479  Alternative Number

 

(914) 993-3700  Alternative Number

 

 

Searching by state:

 

If you select a state such as Hawaii, the website produces the following information.

 

Aloha United Way 211 (Hawaii)

 

211  Dial 2-1-1 from service calling area

 

(808) 536-1951  Alternative Number

 

(877) 275-6569  Alternative Number

 

2-1-1 information and referral service for Hawaii.

 

 

HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY

 

 

When you need help and aren’t sure who to look.

 

Call 2-1-1

 

A call specialist will be there to help point you in the right direction.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Infoline 2-1-1

 

 

The information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient provider relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

 

Please consult your health care provider for an appointment, before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.

 

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Linda Ziac is the owner and founder of The Caregiver Resource Center. The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. which Linda founded in October 1990. The Caregiver Resource Center provides a spectrum of concierge case management and advocacy services for seniors, people with special needs and families.

 

Linda’s professional career spans more than 40 years in the health and mental health field as a CT Licensed Professional Counselor, CT Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Board Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Board Certified Case Manager, and Board Certified Dementia Practitioner.  In addition, Ms. Ziac has 15 years of experience coordinating care for her own parents.

 

Linda assists seniors, people with special needs and their families; in planning for and implementing ways to allow for the greatest degree of health, safety, independence, and quality of life. Linda meets with individuals and family members to assess their needs, and develop a Care Team, while working with members of the Team to formulate a comprehensive Care Plan (a road map).

 

Once a plan is in place, Linda is available to serve as the point person to monitor and coordinate services, and revise the plan as needed. This role is similar to the conductor of an orchestra; ensuring that there is good communication, teamwork, and that everyone remains focused on the desired goal.

 

http://www.CaregiverResourceCenter.com

Categories: 
Geriatric Care Manager
City: 
Greenwich
States: 
Connecticut
Zip code: 
06830
County: 
Fairfield