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211 Maryland is the state's most comprehensive health and human services resource database. With over 7,500 resources, individuals with essential needs can get connected to local help 24/7/365.

The Maryland Information Network, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, has powered 211 Maryland since 2010.

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211 MD oversees a statewide network of call centers, providing essential connections to Marylanders when they need it most. Callers are automatically routed to their regional call center for assistance, and 211, Press 1 callers are connected to a larger group of crisis centers.

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211 specialists listen, identify all unmet needs, connect callers to resources and follow-up when needed.

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Searchable Resource Database

Find essential resources in the most comprehensive unmet needs database in the state.

211 Health Check

Connect with a caring and compassionate specialist each week. The mental health check-in is free and confidential.

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Our Journey

While work began in the 1960’s to develop a central information and referral resource, it was decades later that 2-1-1 became the one-stop connector for health and human services in Maryland.


Baltimore Council of Social Agencies leads the first effort to develop a central information and referral service.

Health and Welfare Council initiates first attempt to create a comprehensive, computer-based health and human services database for Maryland.



Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designates 2-1-1 as the national 3-digit access code for health and human services information and referral.

United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) convenes 2-1-1 Maryland Task Force to prepare and plan for Maryland’s 2-1-1 system.

State legislation establishes 2-1-1 as the primary information and referral telephone number for health and human services in Maryland.

Four regional call centers (Community Crisis Services, Life Crisis Center, Mental Health Association of Frederick County and United Way of Central Maryland) agree to participate in a two-year Pilot Project.



Incorporation of the “Maryland Information Network, 2-1-1 Maryland, Inc.”

211 Maryland achieves 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and begins implementation.



211 Maryland integrates the statewide 1-800 crisis hotline into the 211 system to create 211 Press 1.

State legislation places control of Maryland’s 2-1-1 system in 211 MD, Inc.