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

Register Today for the Aging and Disability Forum!

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Aging and Disability Forum III – Local Experts, Local Resources
May 16, 2014
8:00am – 3:30pm
Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, MA

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services invites you to register for our next Aging and Disability Forum on Friday, May 16th featuring Local Experts and Local Resources!

With help from feedback provided by past forum participants, multiple breakout sessions have been developed focusing on some of the major concerns for older adults and people with disabilities on Cape Cod. Legal questions, health insurance needs, mental health issues, and healthy aging are among the topics the all-day forum will explore. And a fantastic slate of local experts who best understand our local needs will be on hand in our “Local Experts Room” to answer your questions and make connections.

As part of the Navigating the Long Term Services and Supports System for Older Adults and People with Disabilities series, the May 16th forum is perfect for professionals or community members interested in learning more about what options are available locally.

Registration is free* and includes breakfast and lunch.

*Please note – This forum has been approved for 5 Continued Education Units for social workers, nurses, licensed professional mental health counselors, and nursing home administrators. If you would like to receive 5 CEUs, simply add the $50 CEU program fee to your cart when registering.

Please check out our event page to read more about the workshops available and to register today!

If you are deaf or hard of hearing
or a person with a disability who requires an accommodation,
please contact the Department of Human Services at
508-375-6628 or TTY 508-362-5885.
Requests for sign language interpreter must be made no later than May 2nd.

Thank you to Cape Cod Healthcare for generously sponsoring this event!

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Barnstable County Open House

The Barnstable County Commissioners invite you to attend their Open House on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 11 AM – 2 PM, in the Harborview Conference Room in the Barnstable County Complex, 3195 Main St., Barnstable Village.  Free family fun including: refreshments, fire trucks, dive team, kids activities, giveaways, limited old jail tours, CPR demo, create a child ID, family emergency preparedness and more.

Learn about County programs such as: 4-H, Buy Fresh Buy Local, Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod License Plate, Children’s Cove, Deer Tick Project, the Fire Academy, and Health Prevention programs.  All are Welcome!!  View Open House flyer.

Take Part in the Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day!

The Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day takes place every year on the first Wednesday of May and celebrates the efforts of hundreds of schools taking part in Massachusetts Safe Routes to School programs. This year’s event is on Wednesday, May 7th.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program promotes healthy alternatives for children and parents in their travel to and from school. The program’s goal is to educate students, parents, and community members on the value of walking and bicycling for travel by providing safety trainings, themed events, and community presentations. Safe Routes programs aim to establish healthy lifetime habits for students, increase independence in kids, help them arrive at school ready to learn, and teach safe pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver skills.

If you would like your school to participate in the upcoming Walk and Bike to School Day, or to learn more about how to get your child’s school involved with Safe Routes to School, please visit the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School website today. Schools who also register their event with the National Center for Safe Routes to School will be eligible to win 10 bikes and 20 helmets!


Governor Patrick Launches Prevention & Wellness Partnerships to Improve Care, Lower Costs

Vaira Harik, Senior Project Manager for the Barnstable County Department of Human Services meets with the Governor

Vaira Harik, Senior Project Manager for the Barnstable County Department of Human Services meets with Governor Duval Patrick

On March 31, 2014 Governor Deval Patrick joined state health officials, municipal leaders, legislators, community members and medical providers to announce the launch of the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF).  Part of Chapter 224 health care cost containment legislation, this first-in-the-nation effort provides more than $40 million in grants to nine community-based partnerships, of which Barnstable County is one, over four years to help fight chronic illness and improve health outcomes while reducing health care costs.  Read more…

Barnstable County PWTF Partners

Mass in Motion Grants Available to Hunger Network Members

Grant Focus:  The Barnstable County Dept of Human Services is seeking proposals from eligible organizations to help achieve the Mass in Motion objective of increasing availability of healthier food options for the region’s residents that seek assistance from Cape Cod Hunger Network food pantries and meal programs to meet individual or family food needs. The aim of this funding is to provide eligible organizations support for implementing sustainable approaches within a food pantry or meal program to:

1) Increase the volume of non-perishable healthy foods available at your pantry or meal program,
2) Increase the volume of fresh produce available at your pantry or meal program,
3) Encourage clients’ use of healthy foods for meals and snacks and discourage use of unhealthy foods.

Download Grant Application Packet

Eligible Applicants:  Eligible applicants are Cape Cod non-profit organizations that are member food pantries and meal programs of the Cape Cod Hunger Network and located within Barnstable County. (Barnstable Mass in Motion activities are focused within Barnstable County.)

Funds Available:  For this grant period April 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, BCDHS plans to grant up to $11,750 in total. More than one grant may be awarded. If more than one grant is awarded the total of those awards will not exceed $11,750.

Proposal Due Date and Time: Applications must be received by 12:00PM (NOON), Friday March 21st, 2014

Questions: Per the application instructions, please direct questions to Julie Ferguson ( via email.