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

Barnstable County Human Rights Commission Seeks New Commissioners

The Barnstable County Human Rights Commission is seeking candidates to fill three vacancies on the Commission for three-year terms and one vacancy to complete a partial term of two years, beginning January 2015. The nine member volunteer Human Rights Commission was created in 2005 by the County’s Assembly of Delegates to promote equal opportunity, prevent discrimination, investigate and mediate complaints and provide human rights information. Responsibilities include attending meetings, responding to complaints from County residents, educating the public about human rights and the work of the HRC, and designing and implementing the annual Human Rights Academy for high school and middle school students. Commissioners also work actively to carry out the Commission’s Strategic Plan. Please visit the Human Rights Commission page for more information about the HRC.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume postmarked no later than Friday, September 26, 2014 to:

Barnstable County Human Services Department
HRC Candidates
P.O. Box 427
Barnstable, MA 02630

Applications can also be submitted via email to Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For questions or additional information about the work of the Human Rights Commission contact Elenita Muñiz, HRC Coordinator at 508-375-6912 or email

The Barnstable County Health and Human Services Advisory Council reviews applications for this volunteer position and makes recommendations to the Barnstable County Commissioners. The County Commissioners appoint Commissioners to the Human Rights Commission.

Cape Cod Healthcare FY15 Annual Strategic Grants

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) released its FY15 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County. CCHC will issue $250,000 in Strategic Grants for the upcoming year. The grants program is open to all community organizations with programs aligned with the identified Community Benefits priorities.

The FY15 Annual Strategic Grant RFP will concentrate on specified chronic and infectious diseases, and mental health – two of the six significant health needs identified by the 2014-2016 Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report and Implementation Plan.

To qualify for a FY15 Strategic Grant, proposals must meet at least one of the following two guidelines:

  • Address and positively impact specified chronic or infectious disease management among the following: Cancer, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, and Tick-borne illnesses.
  • Support initiatives targeted at individuals and families facing mental health issues by addressing any of the following mental health concerns: High or increasing rates of depression, anxiety and suicide; Use of hospital emergency departments for psychiatric care; Declining availability of outpatient psychiatric care; and Access to and navigation of available mental health services in the region.

Grant proposals must address at least one of these specified chronic or infectious diseases or mental health issues, and meet funding guidelines related to vulnerable populations and measurable outcomes.

Proposals are due by September 10, 2014. Grant selection will be finalized in November 2014 by the CCHC Community Health Committee. The funding period runs from January 1 – September 30, 2015. To learn more or to download the required documents and instructions, please visit the Cape Cod Healthcare website.

Low Income Households on Cape Cod

HUD has just completed its analysis of the 2007-2011 American Community Survey Census data and published information down to the town level of numbers of households (renters and owners) with housing problems – on the Cape it primarily is cost burden of paying more than 30% of income toward housing.  That data is available for the County and all 15 towns on the CCC web site- – go to Departments, Planning and Community Development, Affordable Housing, Resources and Links, Data.

If you are interested in looking at the data on a sub-regional or multi-town basis, visit the HUD site.  Attached from this data set is a low income chart of the numbers and % of households (not population) in the County and each community who is considered low income, i.e. income equal to or less than 80% of area median income, and thus who would generally be eligible for affordable housing purposes.

Please pass along to anyone whom you think would be interested.


New Suicide Data Released for Cape and Islands

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services recently released a summary of suicide data for the Cape and Islands through 2011, the most recent year that data is available. This fact sheet summarizes data on suicide deaths specific to residents of Cape Cod (Barnstable County), Martha’s Vineyard (Dukes County), and Nantucket during the period 2000 to 2011. (Click here to view the entire report.)

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.