|Posted:||February 3, 2017 02:50 PM|
|From:||Senator Patrick M. Browne|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Enhancement of PA 2-1-1 System|
|I will be re-introducing legislation to enhance the already established PA 2-1-1 system in the Commonwealth. Last session’s cosponsors of SB 1302 include: COSTA, ALLOWAY, SCHWANK, MENSCH, ARGALL, BAKER, RESCHENTHALER, VOGEL, VULAKOVICH, AUMENT, WARD, FONTANA, HUTCHINSON and HAYWOOD.
Currently, the PA 2-1-1 system is supported by funds raised by the United Ways across the state and other private funders. United Ways will continue their support of 2-1-1 with additional funds, being used for the development of a statewide public-private partnership for health and human service information and referral using the three digit dialing code designated by the FCC and the PA PUC.
In addition to connecting people in need to health and human service assistance available through government programs and private and non-profit organizations in their communities, the PA 2-1-1 system connects volunteers and donors with organizations who can leverage these resources to meet the needs of the community. In the future, the PA 2-1-1 system also has the potential to provide assistance to the state and local communities in times of disaster by handling non-emergency calls.
The legislation will provide for the following:
In addition, PA 2-1-1 will provide a plan for long-term sustainability which includes contracting with the Commonwealth to deliver information and referrals currently maintained through state-operated 1-800 numbers. This streamlining will improve service to Pennsylvanians and also achieve cost-savings for state government.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as SB211