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Calling for 2-1-1 Act co-sponsored by Oklahoma leaders




Sullivan and Boren Co-Sponsor Calling for 2-1-1 Act


Oklahoma Congressmen John Sullivan and Dan Boren recently signed on as co-sponsors of the Calling for 2-1-1 Act, which would create a federal grant program to complete implementation of a nationwide 2-1-1 system. 2-1-1 is a comprehensive information and referral service that streamlines the process of locating and accessing critical social services and community-based programs.

Both Sullivan and Boren represent communities in the 2-1-1 Helpline 18-county service area. 2-1-1 Helpline, based in Tulsa, is one of six regional call centers covering Oklahoma. In 2009, 2-1-1 Helpline received over 135,000 calls. Among those being served are military personnel and veterans, displaced workers, and families coping with economic challenges.

“Special thanks are due to Congressmen Sullivan and Boren for their leadership in co-sponsoring the Calling for 2-1-1 Act,” said 2-1-1 Helpline Director Jim Lyall. “In order for 2-1-1 to keep pace with the ever-increasing need for information, referral, problem-solving and advocacy services, and to do so with the excellent customer service and quality that has become 2-1-1’s standard, we need this important legislation.”

“The Calling for 2-1-1 Act will help address behavioral and community health needs in Oklahoma and across the country by expanding the 2-1-1 system,” said Congressman Sullivan. “As a co-sponsor of this important legislation, I am proud of the work 2-1-1 does in our state to help families who need assistance navigate the often complex health and human services system. This legislation would enhance 2‑1‑1’s efforts in our community to provide greater access to information and referrals for human services and volunteer opportunities.”

“I am honored to co-sponsor the Calling for 2-1-1 Act in the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Congressman Boren. “The 2-1-1 system provides much-needed information to citizens on health and human services, volunteer opportunities, and other community programs available in their respective states and regions. This one-stop, easy-to-remember number is a great resource for locating services and assistance offered by a broad range of different agencies and organizations. It should be made available throughout the nation.”

To learn more about the Calling for 2-1-1 Act and 2-1-1 Helpline’s services, visit www.211tulsa.org. Agencies who are interested in receiving referrals from 2-1-1 can call 918-295-1284 or email 211info@csctulsa.org. 2-1-1 Helpline is a program of the Community Service Council.

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