Health and Human Service Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Department of Mental Health Cape & Islands Crisis Hotline

Elder Abuse Hotline
1-800-922-2275 (V/TDD)

Child-At-Risk Hotline

Baby Safe Haven Hotline
866-814-SAFE (7233)

Transitional Assistance Fraud Hotline
800-FRAUD-99 (800-372-8399)

Request Emergency Interpreter
800-249-9949 (V/TTY)

Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline

Safelink: Domestic Violence Hotline
877-785-2020 - 877-521-2601 (TTY)

Veterans Crisis Line
800-273-8255, Press 1

Cape Cod Healthcare FY15 Annual Strategic Grants

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) released its FY15 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County. CCHC will issue $250,000 in Strategic Grants for the upcoming year. The grants program is open to all community organizations with programs aligned with the identified Community Benefits priorities.

The FY15 Annual Strategic Grant RFP will concentrate on specified chronic and infectious diseases, and mental health – two of the six significant health needs identified by the 2014-2016 Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report and Implementation Plan.

To qualify for a FY15 Strategic Grant, proposals must meet at least one of the following two guidelines:

  • Address and positively impact specified chronic or infectious disease management among the following: Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and Tick-borne illnesses.
  • Support initiatives targeted at individuals and families facing mental health issues by addressing any of the following mental health concerns: High or increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicide; Use of hospital emergency departments for psychiatric care; Declining availability of outpatient psychiatric care; and Access to and navigation of available mental health services in the region.

Grant proposals must address at least one of these specified chronic or infectious diseases or mental health issues, and meet funding guidelines related to vulnerable populations and measurable outcomes.

Proposals are due by September 10, 2014. Grant selection will be finalized in November 2014 by the CCHC Community Health Committee. The funding period runs from January 1 – September 30, 2015. To learn more or to download the required documents and instructions, please visit the Cape Cod Healthcare website.

Low Income Households on Cape Cod

HUD has just completed its analysis of the 2007-2011 American Community Survey Census data and published information down to the town level of numbers of households (renters and owners) with housing problems – on the Cape it primarily is cost burden of paying more than 30% of income toward housing.  That data is available for the County and all 15 towns on the CCC web site- – go to Departments, Planning and Community Development, Affordable Housing, Resources and Links, Data.

If you are interested in looking at the data on a sub-regional or multi-town basis, visit the HUD site.  Attached from this data set is a low income chart of the numbers and % of households (not population) in the County and each community who is considered low income, i.e. income equal to or less than 80% of area median income, and thus who would generally be eligible for affordable housing purposes.

Please pass along to anyone whom you think would be interested.


New Suicide Data Released for Cape and Islands

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services recently released a summary of suicide data for the Cape and Islands through 2011, the most recent year that data is available. This fact sheet summarizes data on suicide deaths specific to residents of Cape Cod (Barnstable County), Martha’s Vineyard (Dukes County), and Nantucket during the period 2000 to 2011. (Click here to view the entire report.)

July 24, 2014 Health and Human Services Advisory Council Meeting has been cancelled.

The next meeting of the Health and Human Services Advisory Council is October 23, 2014 from 9-11 a.m. in the Harborview Conference Room.

Mass in Motion “Maps” Cape Hiking and Biking Opportunities

Now that summer is in full swing, it is the perfect time for residents and visitors alike to take advantage of the warm breezes and long sunny days. And the Barnstable County Mass in Motion program is eager to help everyone learn more about healthy outdoor activities in our region.

A statewide program, Mass in Motion works locally to increase opportunities for Cape Cod residents and visitors to promote opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work, and play. The Barnstable County Department of Human Services has promoted and managed the local Mass in Motion program since 2012 with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

“Mass in Motion supports prevention-based approaches to improving health and wellness in our community by implementing policies and environmental strategies that increase access to healthy eating and active living,” said Vaira Harik, Senior Project Manager for the Barnstable County Mass in Motion program. “Sometimes that means developing an entirely new solution, but other times it simply means drawing attention to the great number of resources our community has on hand for healthy living.”

Whether it’s biking, walking, kayaking, or golfing, Cape Cod residents and visitors can find more information about regional outdoor activities using these online resources:

  • Cape Cod Walking Trails – Created by the Cape Cod Commission, this Google document shows over 100 public walking trails, including trail descriptions, pictures, and links with more information.
  • Transit Map – Created by the Cape Cod Commission in partnership with the CCRTA, this PDF provides a detailed map with off- and on-road bike paths, parks, wetlands, and transportation options.
  • MassParks Biking Paths – This page lists several bike paths along the Cape and Islands, as well as paths throughout the state. Of particular note is the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the paved bikeway that runs 25 miles from South Dennis to Wellfleet. The terrain is relatively flat with some minor grades in certain sections in the Lower/Outer Cape areas, specifically Orleans and Wellfleet. It easily offers the greatest variety in scenery and natural landscapes of all the regional bike paths.
  • Cape Cod Travel Guide – Has an interactive map where you can search for activities by type and town.