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Cape & Islands Regional Network on Homelessness

FACT SHEET: Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness, April 2021

The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness consists of the collaborative effort of state, county and local government, social service providers, housing agencies, faith-based organizations, the business community and individuals working together to prevent and end homelessness.

Children's Behavioral Health Work Group

The Children’s Behavioral Health Work Group (CBHWG) of Barnstable County DHS was conceived in February 2019 as a grass roots effort to “understand, plan for, and address the gaps and enhance the strengths for the Cape and Islands behavioral health (BH) system of care for children ages 0-18.

Continuum of Care

FACT SHEET: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – Continuum of Care Grant Program, May 2021

The Continuum of Care Grant Program provides homeless assistance funding administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.  As the primary federal resource to end homelessness, the Continuum of Care (CoC) grant program competitively funds CoCs to impact homelessness at the local level.

Health & Human Services Advisory Council

In 2003 the Barnstable County Commissioners adopted Ordinance 03-19 which established the Health and Human Services Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Department of Human Services, is responsible for providing advice concerning the human service needs of the residents of Barnstable County.  A major purpose of the Advisory Council is to assist in the development of Barnstable County Human Service Plan January 2019 – December 2020 which identifies health and human service needs of Barnstable County in order to prioritize issues for action by County government.

HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

The HOME Investment Partnership Program provides HOME funds to develop and maintain affordable and accessible housing for Barnstable County residents across the 15 towns on Cape Cod.

Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC)

RSAC coordinates a comprehensive regional approach to substance use across the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery, and establishes a communication infrastructure across towns, providers, organizations, and individuals on Cape Cod.

SHINE

FACT SHEET: Cape and Islands Regional SHINE Program, July 2021

Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE) provides free, confidential health insurance information, counseling, and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers.

Youth and Young Adult Homelessness

FACT SHEET: Youth and Young Adult (YYA) Homelessness

In 2018, the Barnstable County Department of Human Services (BCDHS) was awarded funding to lead the efforts on the Cape and Islands to enact the recommendations of the Special Commission on Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. BCDHS identified five partner agencies- Housing Assistance Corporation, Homeless Prevention Council, Champ Homes, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and Fairwinds Nantucket Counseling- to deliver services and resources to the community.

May 31 and June 1 - Attend this safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training at Cape Cod Community College.Cost $195.00/CEUs available.Questions? Email suicide@suicideispreventable.net ... See MoreSee Less
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TODAY Attend this FREE safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training at Cape Cod Community College.Questions? Email suicide@suicideispreventable.net#DYK? The suicide rate on the Cape and Islands is more than twice the state average and is now the second leading cause of death for youth ages 14-25. ... See MoreSee Less
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👣Join us on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 10 AM for the Cape and Islands Suicide Awareness Walk 2022. Help raise awareness and support suicide prevention on Cape Cod and the Islands. 👣WHERE: 3-mile (5k) loop walk in Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA on Saturday, May 21, 2022 beginning at 10 AM.👣REGISTER: loom.ly/3uzMahsFACT: The suicide rate on the Cape and Islands is more than twice the state average and is now the second leading cause of death for youth ages 14-25. See more facts at loom.ly/BYS8qSY💜Together we can end the silence around suicide.DETAILS: loom.ly/zcFmJAw#LetsTalkCC #BarnstableCounty #capecod ... See MoreSee Less
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