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United Way: People contacting 211 for help jumped in 2020

More than 430,000 people called and texted the free social and human services hotline 211 or searched on its online database last year, the United Way said. That grew from almost 288,000 in 2019.

By The Associated Press

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Sen. Casey introduces bills to improve interactions between police and people with disabilities

The Human-services Emergency Logistics Program (HELP) Act seeks to divert non-criminal, non-fire and non-medical emergency calls from 911 systems to state and regional 211 systems.

By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Bucks County pilots a ‘humanity-based’ policing approach with social workers

Bucks County is launching an experimental program aimed at keeping people with mental illness out of the criminal justice system.

By Katie Meyer/WHYY

With this Thanksgiving comes a sad first for many families: Lost loved ones

For thousands in the United States, this Thanksgiving holiday will be the first without a loved one — as of Nov. 16, almost 250,000 Americans have died as a result of the virus.

By Ximena Conde/WHYY

During a mental health crisis, a family’s call to 911 turns tragic

A mother in Lancaster tried for years to help her grown son get consistent treatment for schizophrenia. Then, hoping to get him involuntarily committed for care, the family called the police.

By Brett Sholtis