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Last modified: 12/19/2012 3:02:05 PM
News Release

New 2-1-1 Resource Available for Prince George’s County Residents
December 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
Upper Marlboro, MD – In wake of last week’s tragic shootings in Newtown, CT, the Office of Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III and Community Crisis Services, Inc., will provide residents with a free resource called, Maryland 2-1-1.  

Maryland 2-1-1 is staffed by professionals who quickly assess callers’ needs and refer them to agencies or resources that will assist them or their family members who are struggling with emotional issues.  Maryland 2-1-1 provides service to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available in over 200 languages.

“The heart wrenching stories about the devastating events that took place in Newtown, CT are too much for many of us to bear, and we must do everything in our power to help people work through tragedies like these,” said Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III. “If you or any loved ones need mental health advice, please call 211. Maryland’s 2-1-1 professionals will connect everyone who needs help with the right resources.”

Maryland 2-1-1 is also a referral resource for many other County and regional services including rental assistance, food banks, affordable housing resources, child care, after-school programs, elderly care, financial literacy and job training programs.   

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About PGCPS: Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is one of the nation’s 25 largest school districts, with 208 schools and centers, more than 127,000 students, and nearly 22,800 employees. With an annual budget of $1.79 billion, the district serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban, and rural communities. PGCPS offers a wide variety of innovative academic programs, including language immersion, high school career academies, and dual enrollment. Its location just outside of Washington, D.C. enables the district to partner with higher education and local and national agencies and businesses to provide unique learning opportunities for students.