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Population served: Everyone in the United States (check the website for availability in your area)
2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.
Examples of service referrals include:
- Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
- Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
- Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
- Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
- Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services
Population served: Low and moderate-income people who need legal assistance in the United States
LawHelp assists people in identifying free legal aid programs in their communities and also assists in responding to questions about legal rights.
- Provides a website listing of available programs in the United States and its territories
- Once a state/territory is chosen via their website, links are offered for information on a variety of concerns (e.g., health, work, housing, public benefits, family, etc.)
- Many states have information available in multiple languages
Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)
Contact: (866) 843-2572
Population served: People with cancer, their families, friends, employers, healthcare professionals and others coping with cancer in the United States
CLRC provides free and confidential information and resources on cancer-related legal issues.
- Offers a call center that provides information about relevant laws and resources
- Offers conferences, seminars, workshops, outreach programs and other community activities regarding legal and health insurance issues
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)
Contact: (800) 532-5274
Population served: Patients with any diagnosis in the United States
PAF seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis with a life-threatening or debilitating disease.
- Offers a call center to assist in resolving legal matters
- Offers the guide, "First My Illness, Now Job Discrimination: Steps to Resolution," as a tool that provides easy-to-understand consumer strategies to resolve legal issues
- Assists in health insurance and healthcare access problems
Work Life Law (WLL)
Contact: (800) 981-9495
Population served: Working parents and caregivers in the United States
WLL is a research and advocacy group that works to identify, prevent and eliminate discrimination in the work place relating to family responsibilities for a loved one.
- Provides a call center
- Provides discussion on work situations to assess discrimination, provide information about applicable laws and, if necessary, pairs callers with attorneys who are experienced in this relatively new area of employment law
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA)
Contact: (520) 881-4005
Population served: Older adults in the United States
NAELA examines and advocates public policy issues facing seniors and people with special needs but does not provide direct legal services. It promotes education and seeks to provide support to other organizations serving seniors and people with disabilities.
- Provides information about elder law
- Provides a locator for an elder care attorney by state/Zip code
- Provides online brochures/resources