What is Mass 211?

211 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services Information and Referral. 211 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number. It makes a critical connection between individuals and families seeking services or volunteer opportunities and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. 211 makes it possible for people to navigate the complex and ever-growing maze of human service agencies and programs. By making services easier to access, 211 encourages prevention and fosters self-sufficiency. It also is hoped that it will reduce the number of non-emergency calls inappropriately made to 911.

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