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 Reports & Publications

Poverty Data by Town

American Community Survey: Poverty by Towns on Cape Cod (August 2013)
Poverty Data by Town on Cape Cod 2007 – 2011

Barnstable County Demographic and Socioeconomic Data

In Focus: The Demographic and Socioecnomic Landscape of Barnstable County (Christine Clements Stein, June 2013)
This report provides a broad range of indicators on the demographic and socioeconomic charactersitics of Barnstable County that are of particular relevance to the health and human services communities. This report includes data presented to a variety of audiences earlier in the year, but is considerably more comprehensive.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance (BRFSS)

BRFSS Report 2008-2010: Barnstable County and Massachusetts (Christine Clements Stein and Rasneet Sandhu, August 2012)
This report describes the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and summarizes more than 70 health and behavioral indicators for the years 2008 to 2010, contrasting results for Barnstable County residents with those for Massachusetts as a whole.

Healthy Happy Eating

The Cape Cod Hunger Initiative: Healthy Foods on Pantry Shelves (Christine Clements Stein & Caroline Conena, February 2012)
Summary of a unique partnership of food pantries, disability agencies, county departments and Stop & Shop supermarkets to increase donations of healthy foods to area food pantries.

Healthy Foods on Pantry Shelves (Stop & Shop project): First Annual Celebration Presentation (Christine Clements Stein, January 2012)
Celebrating the partnership.

Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse Treatment Statistics: Barnstable County Residents, Focus on 2007 to 2011 (Christine Clements Stein, July 2013)
Summary and discussion of Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Abuse Services admission data on substance abuse treatment for Barnstable County residents for fiscal years 2007 to 2011.

Suicide Prevention

In Focus: Suicide Deaths Cape Cod and the Islands 2000 – 2009, (Christine Clements Stein and Rasneet Sandhu, November 2012) 
Summary and discussion of data on suicide deaths on Cape Cod and the Islands to inform the extensive efforts taking place in the region to reduce the incidence of these deaths.

A Community Response: Addressing Suicide And Depression Among Men On Cape Cod (Christine Clements Stein, May 2010) 
A case study on the rapid and collaborative effort of state, county and town officials with other community organizations to address the 2010 increase in suicide deaths in the Town of Falmouth and the concern for men and depression.

Social Marketing

Social Marketing Overview : (Christine Clements Stein, June 2012)

Monitoring the Human Condition

The Department conducted the Human Condition research from 2004 to 2008 to assess numerous aspects of the well-being of Cape Cod residents. Warren Smith, a retired staff member, led this research building on other community needs assessments he and others conducted before 2004, including the Community Health Needs Assessment Study of 1998. Because of the time sensitivity of this type of data, we are providing only recent reports on this website. Please contact Vaira Harik if you have inquiries about reports that precede these dates at vharik@barnstablecounty.org or 508-375-6629.

The Department is re-configuring its method for gathering and publishing primary data on the health and well being of Cape Cod residents. At present, Cape Cod Health Care (CCHC) Community Benefits is conducting a health needs assessment to be published spring 2012. The Department is postponing further primary data collection until CCHC publishes its results to avoid duplication of effort and to build on CCHC’s assessment.

Cape Cod Senior and Elder Residents in the 21st Century: Summary of Findings (May 2010)

Executive Summary of Monitoring the Human Condition on Cape Cod: 2004 – 2009 (December 2009)

Monitoring the Human Condition on Cape: Annual Report (April 2009): Report & Appendix  (This report includes the findings from the 2008 community-based survey conducted by the Department)

Monitoring the Human Condition on Cape Cod: Snap Shot of Responses by Cape Codders to Open-Ended Questions in the 2008 Survey (April 2009)

Significant Changes in the Human Condition on Cape Cod: 2004 – 2008 (August 2009)