211 Information and Referral and Help Me Grow

What is 2-1-1?

2-1-1 is an easy to remember, free, confidential call way to get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 maintains the area's comprehensive database of health and human services. You may also connect to the 2-1-1 database of health and human services by clicking www.211connectsalabama.com

In an effort to reach more people in more areas, 211 Connects Alabama has a new toll-free number easy to remember for callers, especially cell phone users.

888-4-211Connects
888-421-1266

By entering your zip code you will be directed to the local call center in your area.

For more information, contact:

Myra Childs,
211 Information & Referral Program Manager
211info@uwshoals.org 
256 764 5892

Indigo Fort
211 Information & Referral Development Manager
211dev@uwshoals.org
256 764 5892

 

The Alabama Partnership for Children is a proud member of the Help Me Grow National Network. Help Me Grow (HMG) is a proven model that will connect children and families to resources they need to ensure all children have the best possible start in life. 

How does Help Me Grow work?
     
The four program components are:

  • Making the Connection. Work with call centers like 2-1-1 Connects Alabama to receive confidential calls from family members regarding a child’s developmental or behavioral concerns, assess the child’s needs and available resources, and refer families to developmental services.
     
  • Building the Network. Develop ongoing relationships with programs in the community and support the maintenance of an updated resource inventory. 
     
  • Educating Providers. Educate professionals about the importance of developmental surveillance and screening while promoting access to developmental services.
     
  • Identifying Gaps and Barriers. Collect data and analyze to document and identify needs to more effectively connect families to community resources.


Who Can Use Help Me Grow?

      Anyone can call if they are:

  • Wondering about a child’s development, behavior or learning
     
  • Needing support to access services
     
  • Assisting a client, family member, or friend seek information about developmental services
     
  • Requesting inclusion of an organization in the developmental services database for referrals
     

        Help Me Grow will:

  • Listen to concerns and help decide which referrals are right for your family
     
  • Find services that are appropriate and available for referrals
     
  • Connect children to services
     
  • Follow up to find out if a successful connection was made

For more information, contact:

Krista Manchester
Help Me Grow Coordinator
helpmegrownwal@gmail.com
256 764 5892

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