Health and Human Service Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

Department of Mental Health Cape & Islands Crisis Hotline
1-800-322-1356

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

Child-At-Risk Hotline
800-792-5200

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
800-426-9009

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

Veterans Crisis Line
800-273-8255, Press 1

Barnstable County Human Services Launches Behavioral Health Website

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the launch of a new Behavioral Health Website and Service Directory.

“The Barnstable County Behavioral Health website provides much-needed information about behavioral health services in our region in a centralized and comprehensive way,” said Beth Albert, Director of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services.

“According to the Pew Research Internet Project, more than 61% of adults use the internet for health information and health decision making.” Albert added, “So we are very pleased to be the first county in Massachusetts to bring this dynamic web-based tool to our region. It not only connects people in need with agencies who provide services and supports, but it also allows community members to stay up-to-date on key behavioral health topics, legislation at the state and federal levels, and offers tailored self-help information.”

Key features of the website include:

  • Comprehensive Service Directory that enables consumers to easily locate the local programs and services they need most;
  • Quick reference to local emergency and crisis intervention programs in the area;
  • Access to more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets, and interactive tools; and
  • Up-to-date information on the latest developments in behavioral health via an online learning center, daily nationwide news updates, advocacy tools, and state and federal legislation tracking.

The Department will demonstrate the website for the Barnstable County Commissioners at 10:15 a.m. this Wednesday, September 24th in the Superior Courthouse Rooms 11/12. The website will also be featured at the upcoming second annual Behavioral Health Summit on October 3rd in Hyannis.

To learn more about all of the websites offered by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, click here. And visit today the new Barnstable County Behavioral Health Website and Service Directory at: http://barnstable.ma.networkofcare.org/mh

Prescription Drug Take Back this Saturday September 27th

This Saturday, September 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and almost 4,000 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners will hold the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Americans can take their expired, unneeded, or unwanted prescription drugs to one of over 5,200 collection sites across the country between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

When the DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events four years ago, the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs except to give them to law enforcement; it banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them.

Since then, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act has been enacted, authorizing certain DEA registrants to modify their registration with the DEA to become authorized collectors.  This includes manufacturers, distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics.  These new rules will take effect next month.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov or by calling 800-882-9539.  Here in Barnstable County, every town’s police department headquarters has a prescription drug disposal kiosk that is available for use year round.

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The Last Sunset: Supporting Parents Aging at Home

The Barnstable Senior Center is offering a five-part series – The Last Sunset: Supporting Aging Parents at Home – to assist community members who need help taking care of their 80+ parent who wants to continue living in their own home. They have recorded interviews with representatives from Elder Services, S.H.I.N.E., Elder Law and Supportive Day Programs. The questions in the interviews are questions you may have or things you need to know to assist an elder person living alone.

Throughout September and October, all five interviews will be featured on Barnstable Town Channel 18. The interviews can also be found toward the bottom of the Barnstable Senior Center’s website.

A follow-up roundtable discussion will take place October 21st from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Barnstable Senior Center (825 Falmouth Road, Hyannis). If you would like to take part in the roundtable discussion, please RSVP with the Barnstable Senior Center by calling 508-862-4750.

Upcoming Ribbon Ceremony Remembers Those Lost to Suicide

The Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition invites everyone to join them this Thursday, September 11th for a very special ceremony.

In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8th-14th), the Coalition will hold their annual ribbon ceremony commemorating those individuals lost to suicide and to support the friends and families left behind. The remembrance ceremony will take place at the beginning of the Coalition’s general membership meeting. All are invited to attend.

To take part in the ceremony, please meet in Rooms 11/12 in the Barnstable Superior Courthouse at 3195 Main Street in Barnstable Village at 11:15 a.m. The ceremony is expected to be 20 minutes in length.

For more information about the ceremony or the Suicide Prevention Coalition, please email SuicidePrevention@CapeCoalition.com or call 508-375-6630.

Register Today for the 2nd Annual Behavioral Health Summit

The Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod and the Islands is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its second annual Cape Cod and Islands Behavioral Health Summit: Building Bridges to Recovery.

This year’s summit will focus on co-occurring disorders. The Coalition hopes the summit will provide opportunities for networking and bridge the gaps in our community service system that create barriers to achieving sustained recovery of the people in need of services.

The Behavioral Health Summit is on Friday, October 3rd at the Resort and Conference Center (35 Scudder Avenue in Hyannis) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $50 and includes lunch. Applications for continuing education credits and CMEs have been submitted.

For more information or to register for the summit, please visit the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition’s website. The deadline to register is September 19th.