Senate District 5
Bill Beagle
COLUMN: Collaboration Is Key To Strengthening Access To Services For Miami And Darke County Residents
March 29, 2018
As of June 2017, the counties in blue are utilizing United Way's 2-1-1 and the 18 counties in white are not utilizing the services, including Miami and Darke counties.

We all know the universal number to call in the event of an emergency but what about a non-emergency number that can help guide you to local resources, willing to help connect you with vital health and human services in times of need?

Whether it be seeking help with addiction treatment and recovery programs, a natural disaster or a personal crisis, a food pantry or veteran services, counties throughout Ohio are using a resource provided by the United Way, called 2-1-1, for information and local support.

Recently, I held a meeting in Miami County, one of the 18 counties yet to implement this resource. In attendance were United Way directors and staff, county commissioners and the Lima County United Way director, who is already using 2-1-1. We discussed bringing this service to Miami and Darke counties. I am pleased to help facilitate collaborative efforts between these counties in order to ensure this is made available here locally. As discussions about the specifics continue, we are all in agreement that these services will be an invaluable resource for area residents. I am hopeful that by working together we will get the job done. 

At the Statehouse we work tirelessly to provide state funding to our local leaders to invest in community resources. Most recently we passed the state's $2.6 billion capital budget which includes nearly $222 million to be invested in critical health and human services funding for youth services, developmental disabilities, mental health, addiction treatment and women’s health initiatives. As new resources and opportunities are made available, there’s a growing need to improve accessibility to them, and 2-1-1 is literally and figuratively there to answer the call. 

By calling this number you can reach a specialist who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide wide variety of critical services.

To learn more about the program click here.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and ideas concerning this matter and others we discuss at the Statehouse. You can reach my office by phone at (614) 466-6247 or by e-mail at I look forward to hearing from you.


of terms
What is session? What is a caucus? Find out about these and other commonly used terms related to the Ohio Senate.