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

Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council releases Analysis of Substance Abuse on Cape Cod: A Baseline Assessment

The Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council has completed an Analysis of Substance Abuse on Cape Cod: A Baseline Assessment.  View the Full Report, and the Executive Summary.

The purpose of this report is to provide a snapshot of substance dependency, and the related costs, for Barnstable County, Massachusetts. It has been created to inform programming and policy needs to be defined by the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council.  The Council’s goal is that Barnstable County will have a coordinated and comprehensive regional approach to substance abuse across the continuum of prevention, treatment and recovery, harms reduction and law enforcement.

If you have questions about the report, please contact Vaira Harik.

Department of Human Services Seeks Coordinator for Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) in Barnstable County

Barnstable County, through its Chief Procurement Officer and on behalf of the Department of Human Services, seeks a qualified contractor to assist the Department in coordinating the “Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative” ( MOAPC) in Barnstable County.

To download the RFP go to  Specifications may be obtained from the Barnstable County Purchasing Department, Superior Courthouse, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA  02630.

Proposals will be received at the Superior Court House, Office of the County Commissioners, Purchasing Department, 3195 Main Street, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA  02630 on or before April 7, 2015 by 10:00 AM.

Please share this information with qualified individuals who may be interested in applying.

Regional Substance Abuse Council Meeting – Postponed

The County is closing early today, March 5th due to inclement winter weather and the  Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council Meeting scheduled for March 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition Seeks Facilitator

The Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition (CISPC) seeks a qualified consultant to facilitate an upcoming retreat for the Coalition’s leadership team. The consultant will engage the Coalition’s Steering Committee in a 4-6 hour retreat in May/June 2015 to help create a road map of Coalition goals and priorities.

A two page proposal and budget should be emailed to the Coalition Co-Chairs at Responses must be received no later than Friday, April 10th. Please see the attached flyer for a full description and submission guidelines.

Register Today for the Gerontology Intensive Series at CCCC

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is proud to sponsor the upcoming 2015 Gerontology Intensive Series created by the Workforce Education Resource Center (WERC) at Cape Cod Community College.

This interdisciplinary workshop series is for service providers who currently work or would like to work with older adults. Learn a focused, practical approach to understanding, assessing, and intervening with a variety of service concerns affecting older adults and their caregivers. The series covers major topic areas in gerontology including:

  • Understanding Aging – It’s Not What You Think
  • How to Beat the Blues – Loss, Bereavement, and Depression
  • Therapeutic Reminiscence and Life Review
  • The Dementias and Resulting Behavioral Disorders
  • Identifying and Serving the Victims of Elder Neglect and Mistreatment
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Aging
  • Working with Families and Other Caregivers
  • Medication Misuse and Error
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
  • End of Life Issues and Concerns

The 10-week series will be held every Wednesday from 5pm – 7:30pm at the Hyannis Center (540 Main Street) beginning April 8th and ending June 10th. Attendees may register for as few or as many workshops as they wish. Continuing Education Units (20-25) and certificate are available for those attending eight of the ten workshops. (Nurses must attend all ten workshops.)

For course descriptions and costs, please see the attached flier. To register, please call WERC at 508-362-2131 ext. 4711 or email at