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

July 24, 2014 Health and Human Services Advisory Council Meeting has been cancelled.

The next meeting of the Health and Human Services Advisory Council is October 23, 2014 from 9-11 a.m. in the Harborview Conference Room.

Mass in Motion “Maps” Cape Hiking and Biking Opportunities

Now that summer is in full swing, it is the perfect time for residents and visitors alike to take advantage of the warm breezes and long sunny days. And the Barnstable County Mass in Motion program is eager to help everyone learn more about healthy outdoor activities in our region.

A statewide program, Mass in Motion works locally to increase opportunities for Cape Cod residents and visitors to promote opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the places people live, learn, work, and play. The Barnstable County Department of Human Services has promoted and managed the local Mass in Motion program since 2012 with funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

“Mass in Motion supports prevention-based approaches to improving health and wellness in our community by implementing policies and environmental strategies that increase access to healthy eating and active living,” said Vaira Harik, Senior Project Manager for the Barnstable County Mass in Motion program. “Sometimes that means developing an entirely new solution, but other times it simply means drawing attention to the great number of resources our community has on hand for healthy living.”

Whether it’s biking, walking, kayaking, or golfing, Cape Cod residents and visitors can find more information about regional outdoor activities using these online resources:

  • Cape Cod Walking Trails – Created by the Cape Cod Commission, this Google document shows over 100 public walking trails, including trail descriptions, pictures, and links with more information.
  • Transit Map – Created by the Cape Cod Commission in partnership with the CCRTA, this PDF provides a detailed map with off- and on-road bike paths, parks, wetlands, and transportation options.
  • MassParks Biking Paths – This page lists several bike paths along the Cape and Islands, as well as paths throughout the state. Of particular note is the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the paved bikeway that runs 25 miles from South Dennis to Wellfleet. The terrain is relatively flat with some minor grades in certain sections in the Lower/Outer Cape areas, specifically Orleans and Wellfleet. It easily offers the greatest variety in scenery and natural landscapes of all the regional bike paths.
  • Cape Cod Travel Guide – Has an interactive map where you can search for activities by type and town.

Barnstable County pumps up bike safety

Barnstable County and its partners have focused on making bicyclers on Cape including foreign workers. Provincetown bikes photo by Jane Booth.

Cape Cod Today
June 18, 2014
by Cape Cod Today Staff

For many foreign seasonal workers on Cape Cod, their only mode of transportation to and from work, or anywhere else, is by bicycle. With more bikes than ever on Cape Cod roads and a steady increase in bicycle related accidents, Barnstable County has teamed up with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority (CCRTA) to make everyone on two wheels safer.

The Regional Bike Safety Education and Awareness Campaign is designed to achieve that goal through education and outreach, according to a Barnstable County release. “Barnstable County wants to promote the many benefits of bike riding,” said Barnstable County Commissioner Sheila Lyons, “but we have a responsibility to educate motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists–residents and visitors alike about sharing the road safely.”  Read more ….

Request for Proposals: Qualified contractor to assist in coordinating the Regional Network to Address Homelessness

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 “Regional Network to Address Homelessness” in Barnstable County.

Proposals will be received at the Superior Courthouse, Office of the County Commissioners, Purchasing Department, 3195 Main St., P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA  02630 on or before Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.  No exceptions will be allowed.   One original and four (4) copies of each proposal shall be submitted.  NO faxed submissions will be accepted.  Proposers must submit separate price and technical (non-price) proposals.  Sealed envelopes containing proposals shall be clearly marked:  “Attention: Department of Human Services, RNEH, Non-Price Proposal” and “Attention: RNEH, Department of Human Services,  Cost Proposal”)

Specifications may be obtained from the Barnstable County Purchasing Department, Superior Court House, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA  02630.

Aging and Disability Forum III – A Great Success!

Aging and Disability III - Welcome Board

Welcome to the Aging and Disability Forum III!

On Friday, May 16th, the Barnstable County Department of Human Services was proud to host the Aging and Disability Forum III – Local Experts, Local Resources at the Cape Codder in Hyannis. Sponsored by Cape Cod Healthcare, the event was the third part in a series of forums called Navigating the Long Term Services and Supports System for Older Adults and People with Disabilities.

With over 170 people in attendance the day began with a keynote presentation, Think Globally, Act Locally: Age-Friendly Communities, provided by Kathleen Bailey, Director of Senior Services for the Town of Yarmouth. Highlighting the theme of the forum – Local Experts, Local Resources – the plenary session featured an exciting new initiative being introduced on Cape Cod and showcased the World Health Organization’s movement to create age-friendly communities.

Following plenary, participants attended multiple breakout sessions with panel presentations throughout the day. All of the workshops offered focused on specific areas of concern, identified by previous forum attendees, as key topics of interest for those working with older adults and people with disabilities on Cape Cod today. Healthy aging, self-determination, health insurance, navigating disability services, estate planning and end of life decisions were among the topics addressed.

Attendees also visited one of the main features of the forum, the Ask the Local Experts Room. The Ask the Local Experts Room featured representatives from twenty local organizations who were available to offer solutions and help attendees navigate the resources available in our region. Cape Mediation, NAMI Cape Cod and the Islands, The Arc of Cape Cod, and Waves of Wellness Recovery Connection Center were among the organizations highlighted.

JML Care Center

JML Care Center was among the organizations featured in our Ask the Local Experts Room at the May 16th forum

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