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Free Service Gives Missourians Health and Social Services Information

Date: November 13, 2007
By: Carly Robertson
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Two statewide agencies have made it easier for Missourians to access health and social services around the state. Carly Robertson has more from Jefferson City. RunTime:
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By dialing 211 Missourians will have greater access to community programs and services that deal with health and social issues.

The Missouri Foundation for Health teamed up with the United Way of Greater St. Louis to fund and staff the service.

James Kimmey is the president of the Missouri Foundation for Health.

He said the questions about vaccinations to food banks can be answered through this service.

 

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Description: "If they give their zip code, they'll be given the names and phone numbers and contacts for agencies that would be their need that is close to where they live."

The program is currently available to 99 counties across the state but Kimmey says the whole state should be covered by early 2008.

211 is a free service that is available 24 hours a day.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Carly Robertson.

 


Intro: Starting Tuesday by just dialing 211, Missourians can have access to information on health and social services across the state. Carly Robertson has more from Jefferson City. RunTime:
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The free service is currently available in many metropolitan areas and almost 100 counties throughout the state and is projected to be available to the whole state by early next year.

Kay Archer is the United Way official who directs the program.

She says she hopes that one day 211 will be as well known as other free services such as 911 and 411.

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Description: We're hoping that 211 is well known down the road as those other services have been and people don't need to worry about which number they have to call, it's 211."

Staffers for 211 are trained to use a computer database that can give contacts for information from vaccinations to tax help, to childcare services.

The Missouri Foundation for Health along with the United Way have funded the program, collectively pledging about 8.5 million dollars.

Missouri is the 21st state to provide this service statewide.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Carly Robertson.