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Barnstable County Department of Human Services monthly E-newsletter is the 'clearinghouse' for human services on Cape Cod providing news to human service organizations, elected officials and residents on training, funding opportunities, events and more.


Beth Israel Lahey Health and Cape Cod Healthcare

Announce Affiliation Plans to Enhance and Expand Local Access to Care

Cambridge and Hyannis, MA (January 25, 2022) – Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) and Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) announced plans for a broad affiliation that will expand access to comprehensive care for patients, families and visitors on Cape Cod. Together, the organizations will advance the breadth and depth of CCHC’s clinical programs locally and provide seamless, coordinated access to BILH hospitals for patients who need them. Click button for more info.

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Deadline February 4th!

Barnstable County Commissioners Announce Public Comment Period for Expenditure of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funds

The Barnstable County Commissioners announce the launch of a community engagement process and public comment period to provide the public an opportunity to voice their priorities for expenditure of the $41.3 million ARPA grant funds to be received from the U.S. Treasury.


employment | volunteer

Gosnold is Hiring!

Gosnold, Inc. has multiple openings in both our inpatient and outpatient locations throughout our organization. Come join our regional non-profit and have an impact on our local community! Click button for more info.


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TWO Important Topics Covered: Can I Change my Medicare Plan after Open Enrollment? & Medicare/Covid Updates

First off, I think it is important, as beneficiaries start using their insurance coverage in January and February, that they know there could still be an opportunity to change plans. It may take until February for some to recognize that their coverage is not adequately working for them.

Secondly, this Medicare/Covid information is relevant at this juncture for two reasons, the first being the latest HHS extension of the Public Health Emergency which is effective January 16, 2022 through April 16, 2022, and the other being the confusion with Medicare coverage of the at home COVID tests. Currently Medicare does not cover/reimburse the at home COVID tests.  We encourage Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of the new website to order free kits to be sent directly to the residence. For those who don’t have access to a computer or an internet connection, the government has also set up a phone line. For now, that number is the same number that the government’s vaccine hotline: 1-800-232-0233

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events | trainings

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Others During the Pandemic: Self-Care and Stress Inoculation, February 1, 2022

Join Karla Vermeulen, Ph.D., the Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health and an Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY New Paltz, for a live webinar on: 

* Types of stress, common stress responses, and pandemic-specific stressors that you may be facing;

* The value of self-care in building resilience; and  

* The components of stress inoculation and how to use them to prepare for stressful situations. 


CHNA27 Zoom Meeting: Access to Childcare and Child Programs on February 10, 2022

See flyer for more info.


Improving Digital Health Literacy among Hispanic/Latino Populations, February 16, 2022

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HRSA IEA) invites you to our 3rd session in the series titled Improving Digital Health Literacy among Hispanic/Latino Populations.

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Training for Mental Health Clinicians and Community-based Organizations, March 9, 2022

Perinatal Emotional Complications: What Every Provider Needs to Know Training for mental health clinicians and community-based organizations. Presented by Deborah Issokson, Psy.D.

Postpartum Doula Home Visits-Free for Barnstable County Families. See flyer for more info.

New Mom's Group for Falmouth Families! See flyer for more info.

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covid notices | resources

Food Access Cape Cod

Be sure to download our Cape & Islands Food Access Resource Guide! This publication is updated monthly by the Barnstable County Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and contains all the information you need for food accessibility.


Coping During the Covid Pandemic

The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force has collected helpful wellness resources for you during COVID-19. Please check back regularly as we add to these resources. 


Each month we will highlight tools to help manage this crisis and identify for you web videos, articles, discussions, and resources we have found helpful. These tools apply to those of all ages, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elders.


Barnstable County Covid Recovery Resources

COVID-19 can be difficult for all of us but especially for those in recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. Please click on resources button to find local and nationwide resources related to substance use disorder and mental health. You can also call the MA Substance Use Helpline anytime at 800-327-5050.


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Are You Represented on our Service Directory Website?

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services’ SERVICE DIRECTORY website, is a robust local health and human services directory with resources for individuals, families, and agencies on Cape Cod with public health questions and concerns.

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