The PA 2-1-1 system connects 97% of Pennsylvanians with health and human services needs, as well as information during disasters. The 2-1-1 system was created in 2001 and possesses the most comprehensive database of public and private resources available in communities which can provide policymakers with data that identifies the most pressing unmet health and human service needs. The service is available to 97 percent of Pennsylvanians as of 2018. In 2017, over 199,000 contacts were made to PA 2-1-1, showing a need for easy access to health and human services information. The 2-1-1 system is funded by a combination of United Way support, grants and private contributions, and contracts, as well as a first-time investment by the Commonwealth in the FY 2017-18 budget, as a way to increase efficiency and save taxpayer dollars by connecting Pennsylvanians in need to the right services at the right time. You can learn more about the PA 2-1-1 system, its benefits and current work here.
(1) If elected Governor, would you support future investments into the PA 2-1-1 system? Additionally, would you support strengthening the public-private partnership between PA 2-1-1 through contracts and other arrangements that make it easier and more cost-effective for Pennsylvanians to access health and human services in their communities?