News Release: New 2-1-1 Resource Available for Prince George’s County Residents

December 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Office of Communications
301-952-6001
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.   

For more information, visit: www.211md.org
 

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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 209 schools and centers, more than 129,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.