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

Department of Human Services Seeks Coordinator for Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) in Barnstable County

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 Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative” ( MOAPC) in Barnstable County.

To download the RFP go to  http://purchasing.barnstablecounty.org.  Specifications may be obtained from the Barnstable County Purchasing Department, Superior Courthouse, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA  02630.

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 April 7, 2015 by 10:00 AM.

Please share this information with qualified individuals who may be interested in applying.

Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition Seeks Facilitator

The Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition (CISPC) seeks a qualified consultant to facilitate an upcoming retreat for the Coalition’s leadership team. The consultant will engage the Coalition’s Steering Committee in a 4-6 hour retreat in May/June 2015 to help create a road map of Coalition goals and priorities.

A two page proposal and budget should be emailed to the Coalition Co-Chairs at SuicidePrevention@CapeCoalition.com. Responses must be received no later than Friday, April 10th. Please see the attached flyer for a full description and submission guidelines.

Register Today for the Gerontology Intensive Series at CCCC

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is proud to sponsor the upcoming 2015 Gerontology Intensive Series created by the Workforce Education Resource Center (WERC) at Cape Cod Community College.

This interdisciplinary workshop series is for service providers who currently work or would like to work with older adults. Learn a focused, practical approach to understanding, assessing, and intervening with a variety of service concerns affecting older adults and their caregivers. The series covers major topic areas in gerontology including:

  • Understanding Aging – It’s Not What You Think
  • How to Beat the Blues – Loss, Bereavement, and Depression
  • Therapeutic Reminiscence and Life Review
  • The Dementias and Resulting Behavioral Disorders
  • Identifying and Serving the Victims of Elder Neglect and Mistreatment
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Aging
  • Working with Families and Other Caregivers
  • Medication Misuse and Error
  • Coping with Chronic Illness
  • End of Life Issues and Concerns

The 10-week series will be held every Wednesday from 5pm – 7:30pm at the Hyannis Center (540 Main Street) beginning April 8th and ending June 10th. Attendees may register for as few or as many workshops as they wish. Continuing Education Units (20-25) and certificate are available for those attending eight of the ten workshops. (Nurses must attend all ten workshops.)

For course descriptions and costs, please see the attached flier. To register, please call WERC at 508-362-2131 ext. 4711 or email at werc@capecod.edu.

DMH: Early Childhood Mental Health is Key to Prevention

According to the Department of Mental Health, promoting infant and early childhood mental health is gaining traction and funding both nationally and in Massachusetts. Research shows that the first signs of mental illness often occur in childhood. Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14. It is estimated that between nine and 14 percent of children from birth to 5 years of age experience social and emotional problems that negatively affect their early learning, social interactions, and family well-being. The Department of Mental Health Child and Adolescent Services, in partnership with other state agencies and early childhood professionals, is working on several fronts to increase early identification and improve treatment for children with mental health issues.

Many of the current early childhood efforts started with a Race to the Top (RTTT) Early Challenge Grant from the U.S. Department of Education that was awarded to the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) in 2012. DMH is one of several state partners working with EEC to create a more comprehensive approach to early learning and development for young children from birth through school age. The RTTT grant supports several DMH activities to strengthen existing foundations of early childhood mental health systems and supports, some of which are described below. The Department’s involvement has provided an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen the early identification of behavioral and emotional challenges in young children across health, mental health, and early education domains.

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POSTPONED: Point-in-Time Count and Homeless Youth Survey

Due to extreme blizzard conditions, several Continuums of Care (CoC) across Massachusetts – including on the Cape and Islands – have requested an exception to the Point-in-Time count date requirement set forth by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Point-in-Time count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and other safe havens on a single night. The night for the 2015 count had been scheduled for this past Wednesday, January 28th.

Organizers hope the count will be officially postponed until late February, most likely February 25th. The separate Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Count (also originally scheduled for this week) will be moved to late February too, in order to keep it connected to the Point In Time count.

More information will be released as soon as it is available. Volunteers and other community organizations who agreed to help with the PIT and the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Count are asked to not distribute or complete any surveys this week.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Paula Schnepp, Coordinator of the Cape and Islands Regional Network to Address Homelessness at pkschnepp@gmail.com.