U.S. funding sought for health, service hot line

November 26, 2009

Federal and state leaders are launching an effort to win funding for a statewide hot line to help connect Marylanders with health and human service. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski has requested $800,000 to make the state's 211 hot line pilot program permanent and is co-sponsoring a bill that would provide dedicated funding for such services nationwide. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and United Way of Central Maryland President Larry Walton joined Mikulski to announce the effort to secure federal funding at the call center in Baltimore on Monday. The 24-hour hot line with call centers at four locations around the state offers assistance to callers in more than 150 languages. Employees offer information and referrals for mental health services, caring for aging parents and help for people who have lost their homes or jobs.

- Associated Press

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