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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.


Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, NAMI joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families.

NAMI Cape Cod and the Islands


2022 Cape & Islands Suicide Awareness Walk

Saturday, May 21, 2022

10 AM

Veterans Park Beach Hyannis, MA

Help us 


about suicide on

Cape Cod & Islands.


Emergency COVID Relief Funds Available - APPLY NOW!

Emergency COVID Relief funds are available, funds are limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis. The program provides emergency financial assistance for qualifying needs due to COVID such as:

  • Housing: Rent or mortgage
  • Utilities: Electric, Gas, Oil, Propane
  • Transportation: Car insurance, car payment, repairs
  • Other: Food, Medical Expenses, Tech needs for remote work, etc.

Funds provided through a grant from The Cape Cod Foundation Strategic Emergency Response Fund, made possible with funding received from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.


Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Transportation Planning Documents:  Planning for the Future Transportation Needs of Cape Cod

The Cape Cod Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has released two (2) documents for a 21-day public review and comment period. Members of the public are invited to review these documents and provide comments.

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What are the Cape's Greatest Health Needs?  We Want Your Opinion!

The Community Health Survey seeks your opinion about the health of Cape residents today and the services they may need tomorrow. The survey is anonymous and is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. 

haitian creole

Save the Date - Community Health Network Area 27 (CHNA 27)

NEXT MEETING:  May 12, 2022 from 9:00-10:30 AM

TOPIC:  Community Building Activities and Events



Kick off Pride Month with a family friendly pride event to benefit the Cape and Islands Trans Resource Fund on June 4, 2022 at First Parish UU Church Brewster.


Barbara Dominic Named a 2022 Commonwealth Heroine

Barnstable County is pleased to announce that Barbara Dominic, Human Services Consultant to the Children's Behavioral Health Work Group, was selected as a 2022 Commonwealth Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.  

The Commonwealth Heroine Award honors extraordinary women from across the Commonwealth who perform unheralded acts daily to make our homes, neighborhoods, cities and towns better places to live.

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older adults

Walk for WEAAD: Get Moving for Elder Justice

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

One of the many ways you can help build a national elder justice movement is by joining the 2nd annual virtual Walk for WEAAD. You can now register for the Walk for WEAAD campaign, which begins May 1st (the first day of Older Americans Month) and runs through June 15th, WEAAD.

register here


McKinney-Vento Regional Homeless Education Liaison

The role of the McKinney-Vento Regional Homeless Education Liaison (regional liaison) is to provide technical assistance, training and mentoring to other districts including supporting compliance with McKinney-Vento and collaboration with state and community service providers in coordination with the State Coordinator of Homeless Education at the MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This is a grant-funded position.

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Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging will develop strategies to ensure all students, families, staff, and community partners feel welcome in the Falmouth Public Schools community. The ideal candidate will be both a passionate and compassionate advocate for equity and will possess the skills and experience essential to steward change over time.

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Seeking Director of Clinical Services 

The Department of Mental Health is seeking a dynamic, recovery-oriented administrator to serve as the Director of Clinical Services for the Cape Cod and Islands Community Mental Health programs. This experienced clinical leader will be responsible for overseeing our vibrant community mental health center's continuum of clinical services. As a member of CC&I CMHC's senior leadership team, the Director of Clinical Services will work to further the Cape Cod and Islands' transdisciplinary vision that promotes and maintains the delivery of high-quality integrated services. Located in Hyannis. External Applicants may apply via Mass Careers by clicking the button below.

apply here

Paid Internships Available:  Cape Cod Times Needy Fund

Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, inc. to host 2 Commonwealth Corps paid interns as Engagement Coordinators, to assist with growing our organization’s volunteerism, client service and fundraising efforts.  

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FSA SeaView Adult Day Health in Mashpee Hiring Now 

Family Service Association (FSA) will soon open SeaView Adult Day Health program in Mashpee, providing Cape Cod residents with a medically-based program promoting good health and wellbeing, and allowing participants to remain independent while granting their families and caregivers peace of mind. FSA is hiring now for critical position. All positions are daytime hours, Monday through Friday-no weekends or major holidays. Ideal for retirees and others seeking flexibility and a rewarding opportunity. Generous signing bonuses are available for most positions. We are seeking:

  • Licensed Practical Nurses: Part-time.
  • Activity Assistant Aides: Full-time & part-time available.
  • Van Drivers: Full-time and per diem available.

See our Careers page at to review full details and apply today!

volunteer opportunity

Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands - Volunteer Opportunity


(Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors)

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events | trainings

Training Opportunity!  Free Online, Homemaker Training 

Personal and Home Care Aide State Training (PHCAST)

This online course prepares individuals to work as an agency-based home care aide. This is a video-based course. A video host will present key concepts and in-depth knowledge of related topics and responsibilities of home care aides.

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GenCyber Summer Space Challenge at Cape Cod Community College

Cape Cod Community College is hosting a FREE Summer program designed for your child entering grades 7, 8, and 9!  Called the “GenCyber Space Challenge,” the program is a week-long exploration into hands-on science, engineering and cybersecurity, through fun STEM activities. Your child will get to meet and interact with industry professionals, meet new friends, and even build and code their own Mars Rover robot vehicle. Click the buttons below to learn more and apply.


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 and adults of every age.


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.


service directory opportunity

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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