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 Volunteers Seeking Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Every year we receive calls and emails from people who want to volunteer during the holiday season, and every year there are hundreds of volunteer opportunities available around Cape Cod. But quickly matching an eager volunteer to a great opportunity isn’t always easy. This year, Cape Cod Volunteers is leading the way by compiling holiday volunteer activities on their website!

Does your organization have volunteer opportunities during the holiday season that you would like to promote? Do you know about any holiday volunteer opportunities that exist in the community? If the answer is yes, please post the opportunity on the Cape Cod Volunteers website or send them an email with the following information:

  • Name of the organization and/or event
  • Date(s) and time(s) of event/volunteer opportunity
  • Location of event/volunteer opportunity
  • Name of contact person with e-mail and phone
  • Number of volunteers needed
  • Type of opportunity (briefly, what will the volunteers be doing)

If your organization doesn’t have any holiday events or activities, don’t worry: there’s still a way to help! Just share this news story with your co-workers, friends, and family asking them to email Cape Cod Volunteers at with details about holiday volunteer opportunities they may know about in our community.

Regional Substance Abuse Council Meeting Cancelled

The Regional Substance Abuse Council Meeting scheduled for October 2, 2014, 4-5:30 PM, in the Harborview Conference Room on the Barnstable County Campus has been cancelled.

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:

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 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.


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.