S.D. Board votes to support “2-1-1” with letter to Sacramento
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a unanimous vote, The San Diego County Board of Supervisors decided to support legislation that would expand the information service 2-1-1 to 20 new counties in California.
2-1-1 is a service that provides callers access to information about health, food assistance, housing, childcare, crisis intervention and other social services. It is best known for its aid in times of natural disasters.
The service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day in 38 of California’s 58 counties, including San Diego.
The board voted 4-0, with supervisor Bill Horn absent, to send a letter of support for the bill to Sacramento.
“Our region has been tested numerous times with natural disasters over the past decade and 2-1-1 San Diego has proven itself time and again by providing evacuation information, return routes, basic needs assistance, shelter availability, traffic closures and other vital information during emergencies,” Supervisor Greg Cox said. “Statewide access to this service is imperative to ensure all residents have the information and assistance they need during times of disaster.”
California Senate bill 1212 was sponsored by State Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego). If signed into law, SB 1212 would allow current 2-1-1 dialing networks to expand their service range to include the 20 counties in San Diego that do not have service.
“Given our success with 2-1-1 here in San Diego County, the effort in the Legislature to expand this much needed service statewide deserves our support,” Cox said.