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

Regional Substance Abuse Council meeting scheduled for April 2, 2015 has been cancelled. Regular meeting schedule will resume on May 7, 2015. 4:00 – 5:30 PM.

Tax Help for Tax Season

If you’re one of the millions of people across the country who haven’t filed their taxes yet, you might need a bit of extra help. The links below offer a variety of in-person, online, or phone assistance options for individuals requiring assistance preparing and filing their federal and/or state taxes:

  • IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) are for personal tax help when you believe your tax issue can only be handled face-to-face. The Hyannis office (75 Perseverance Way) provides a variety of services, and appointments must be made by calling 508-775-0029. A list of additional TACs around Massachusetts is available here.
  • Community Action Committee of Cape Cod and Islands provides free tax preparation and filing services for low to moderate income residents by certified volunteer tax counselors. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 508-771-1727, ext. 117
  • Boston Tax Help Centers are available if you worked in 2014 and earned less than $53,000. These centers assist in tax preparation and filing for free.
  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s website offers Massachusetts’ taxpayers access to resources or by calling 800-392-6089 between Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m). Hearing impaired taxpayers can access DOR’s Teletypewriter by calling 617-887-6140 during business hours from Monday to Friday (8:45 a.m – 5:00 p.m).
  • Live Telephone Assistance (click on link for numbers) is available for individuals, businesses, people with hearing impairments, and people who believe they may be victims of identity theft. Representatives at these numbers provide help with questions that may arise while preparing federal taxes and can answer questions about a notice you may have received. Hold times may be lengthy.
  • Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) is an online tool that takes you through a series of questions and provides you with responses to federal tax law questions.
  • IRS e-file Providers for Individuals is a list provided by the IRS for all authorized IRS e-file providers. Inclusion in the list does not constitute endorsement by the IRS.

“Barnstable This Morning” on Substance Abuse

Beth Albert, Director of the Barnstable County Department of Human Services, and Vaira Harik, Senior Project Manager, appeared on Barnstable This Morning to talk more about the Regional Substance Abuse Council and its recently published report to the community: Analysis of Substance Abuse on Cape Cod.

 

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.

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.