Emergency Numbers

Department of Mental Health Cape & Islands Crisis Hotline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line
800-273-8255, Press 1

Baby Safe Haven Hotline
866-814-SAFE (7233)

Child-At-Risk Hotline

Disabled Persons Protection Hotline

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline

Elder Abuse Hotline
800-922-2275, Press 4

Emergency ASL Interpreter
800-249-9949 (V/TTY)

Substance Abuse Hotline

Barnstable County Seeks Contractor for Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative Grant

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 Abuse Prevention Collaborative” (SAPC) in Barnstable County.  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 August 11, 2015 at 10:00AM.   No exceptions will be allowed. Specifications may be obtained from the Barnstable County Purchasing Department at http://purchasing.barnstablecounty.org.

The purpose of the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative (SAPC) grant program is to implement local policy, practice, systems, and/or environmental changes to prevent underage drinking and other drug use.  Grant funds will be used to plan and support initiatives that benefit the region.  Additionally, this program provides support for groups of municipalities to enter into formal, long term agreements to share resources and coordinate activities, in order to increase the number and capacity of municipalities across the Commonwealth addressing these issues. This program emphasizes the integration of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model into overall prevention systems, to ensure a consistent data-driven planning process focused on implementing effective and sustainable strategies and interventions.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) has awarded Barnstable County a one year contract for the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016. The contract has options to renew through 2022.

Human and Financial Cost of Substance Use Infographic

Over the past year, the Barnstable County Department of Human Services undertook a comprehensive analysis of substance abuse in Barnstable County. This baseline assessment provides a snapshot of substance dependency and the related costs for our region, and is helping inform the policy and programming direction of the Regional Substance Abuse Council.

Using data from the analysis, the Department recently undertook development of an important infographic to clearly highlight both the human and financial costs of substance use in Barnstable County.

Community Access Monitor Training – June 23 and 24

Join the Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD) and the New England ADA Center for a two-day Community Access Monitor Training training offered by the Massachusetts Office on Disability. Community Access Monitor Trainings help individuals learn how to better advocate for increased access in the community and how to better understand their obligations to provide access to the disability community.

Participants in the two-day training will learn:

  • Regulations of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
  • History of Disability Rights
  • General overview of the ADA and the Amendments Act of 2008
  • How to Survey a Facility
  • How to Advocate for Access
  • Examples of good and bad accessibility
  • Rights and Responsibilities of a Community Access Monitor

The training is on June 23rd and June 24th at the Cape Cod Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis. The cost for both days, including lunch and materials, is $15 for consumers and $85 for professionals (with continuing education credits available for Building Inspectors).

The registration deadline is June 15th. To register, please complete the registration form or visit CORD’s website for more information.

Creating a Healthy Connected Community: HealthyConnectedCapeCod.org

We’re pleased to announce HealthyConnectedCapeCod.org – an easy-to-use online clearinghouse for health and human services resources on Cape Cod.  We have created a single point of entry to connect to an array of online tools …..without having to keep track of every website address!

By visiting one easy-to-remember website address, HealthyConnectedCapeCod.org users can link to:

  • BCHumanServices.net – Our flagship website highlights community announcements, updates from our regional partners, and Department reports and publications
  • Behavioral Health Portal – Features mental health and substance abuse information, state and federal legislation, self-help guides, and a robust directory of services
  • Health and Wellness Portal – Provides an overview of health data about our region, including County health rankings, and model practices
  • Mass211 Service Directory – Links users to essential resources and a basic needs service directory
  • Human Services e-Newsletter – Spotlights regional events and pertinent news for our community

A healthy community is a connected community, so check out some of the information you’ll be connected to on HealthyConnectedCapeCod.org today!


Results of Annual Point in Time Count Virtually Unchanged from 2014

After a month’s postponement due to extreme weather in January, the Regional Network on Homelessness counted 362 people as homeless on February 25, 2015 on the Cape and Islands.  This number is a slight decrease from the 379 homeless individuals and families counted in January 2014.  The most significant change from last year’s count was the drop in the number of unsheltered individuals (74 in 2014 and 38 in 2015).  This decrease is not surprising given the harsh winter and doesn’t necessarily reflect an overall drop in homeless individuals in our region.

Point in Time (PIT) counts cover all people experiencing homelessness in emergency shelters, transitional housing, on the street, in cars, abandoned buildings, and in other places not meant for human habitation.  Counts are conducted annually in every community, and are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The PIT does not count households living in motels nor those that are doubled-up and living wiht family and friends.

For the second year in a row, the PIT count was conducted at the same time as the State’s unaccompanied homeless youth survey.  Official results from this survey will not be available until this fall.  Read more…..

View reports for the following years:

Point in Time Count 2015
Point in Time Subpopulations 2015
Point in Time Count 2014
Point in Time Subpopulations 2014
Point in Time Count 2013
Point in Time Count 2012