Edition 286 | December 22, 2020
Welcome to the Barnstable County Department of Human Services'
E-Newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter is designed to provide timely information on health and human service topics of interest for 
people living and working in Barnstable County.
Two NEW COVID-19 Testing Sites Open for Appointments on Cape Cod
Appointments for safe and more affordable COVID-19 testing services are now available at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis and the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in Falmouth. An announcement about testing sites on the Lower and Outer Cape is forthcoming; these sites will be made available in partnership with Outer Cape Health Services.

  • Testing will be by appointment only. Anyone who arrives without an appointment will be turned away. To book an appointment, call the Community Testing Line at (508) 534-7103.

  • Tests for asymptomatic individuals are available for $75, and are offered for free to individuals who confirm their inability to pay when they call to book an appointment. Tests are $110 for those traveling from outside of Massachusetts and receiving this test to comply with state requirements upon return. Insurance will be accepted for symptomatic individuals with a doctor’s order.
Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Cape Cod Reopening 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.
It's Health Connector Open Enrollment Time - Community Actions Committee of Cape Cod & Islands has Phone appointments available 
Important: If You are Having Trouble Paying
Your Rent or Mortgage Because of Covid

There’s a lot of confusion about the federal eviction moratorium that’s now in place and what’s expected of tenants. What we know right now, is that for tenants to qualify for protection under the federal government’s moratorium, a tenant must apply for all available financial assistance and complete a declaration notice. Both the financial assistance application form and the federal declaration form are available online at www.haconcapecod.org
Please take 10 minutes to update us on 
your organization's current circumstances, challenges, and critical needs.

We appreciate the information you shared with us in the spring survey and have continued to share over the past eight months. Please take a few minutes to complete a quick new survey to keep us updated on your organization's current and evolving needs.

We will use this information to help direct our own grantmaking as we respond to current needs and help rebuild and reimagine our community. We will also share the survey's themes with other fund holders within the Foundation and in the community. Please know your individual responses will remain confidential. 
Community Health Center of Cape Cod Offering Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing

Falmouth – Community Health Center of Cape Cod continues to help individuals on the Cape, Islands and beyond by offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing for anyone in the community.  
Two Drive-Thru Food Distribution Locations for December: Orleans & West Barnstable

The U.S. Farmers to Families Food Box program is now available at two locations:

Orleans – The old Cape Cod 5 headquarters, 19 West Road, Orleans, MA

West Barnstable – Cape Cod Community College, 2040 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA
All Food Resources Now & Thru The Holidays! Plus 2020 HIP & SNAP Fall & Winter Farmers' Markets & Farms

One place for all your food needs. Information available in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Click below.
Cape Cod Council of Churches is Hiring!

  • Director for our Covenant to Care for Foster Families Program

Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod/ReStore is Hiring!

  • Driver/Store Associate
FREE Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Wellness Training Program

Who Should Apply? This training program was developed and designed for individuals in recovery (with at least 9 months of sobriety) and individuals with lived experience. All interested participants MUST attend the virtual information session held on January 13th, from 6-7pm to be considered for enrollment in the program. 
Applicants Being Accepted for Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Virtual Workshop with 6 Months of Weekly Consultation

Home Base will be offering FREE Cognitive
Processing Therapy (CPT) training
opportunities for licensed mental health
clinicians in Massachusetts.
Be on the Lookout for COVID-19 Scams!

Transgender Social Support Group
Group is open to trans, non-binary, questioning, or other gender diverse identified people ages 18+. You do not need to be a Fenway Health patient to join, and the group is free to attend.

Group via Zoom (5:30-7:00 pm) meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Contact Ann at aburke@fenwayhealth.org 
for more information and Zoom link.
Thrive! @ CIGSYA 
The LGBTQ+ youth group Thrive for youth ages 13 to 22 has been meeting virtually every Wednesday starting at 4 as a check in. We have weekly presentations from Thrive members and members of the community. This group is a safe space to discuss Gender, sexuality and race amongst other things. One Thursday out of every month we have a discussion on Race and Culture which strives to help educate people on these topics, especially with the current Civil Rights movement that is occurring. If you are interested in joining one of our meetings or interested in presenting on a topic, please email ash@wethrive.us and include your name, the topic you are presenting and a brief description.

This multipart video series from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston delves into the compounding negative health impacts of COVID-19 and systemic racism on Black communities. Through compelling interviews conducted with Black leaders in the greater Boston area, this series highlights how these two pandemics have interacted and caused harm this year. You can watch the series here. 
Barnstable County COVID-19 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 button below 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.
Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment: COVID-19 Updates
Provincetown COVID-19 Resource Guide Available Online
The Eight Part COVID Survival Kit Ways to Make Your Life Predictable, Moderate, and Controllable (COVID PMC) 

In an April 01 2020 edition of Psychology Today Veronika Tait PhD interviewed Bruce Perry MD and together they shared a COVID 19 Pandemic Toolkit for Parents. Although this tool kit is designated for parents and is focused on children we will use this Tool Kit as a guide to review over the fall and winter months to some essential tools to help us deal with stress of COVID 19 pandemic. These tools apply to those of all ages, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elders.

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.
Providing Support for Wellfleet Residents During The Pandemic
The Wellfleet Well Line (508-514-1633) is officially up and running. As a group of health care professionals, each with lifelong and varied careers, we came together to provide emotional support to the Wellfleet community during this trying time. 

We welcome the opportunity to help in any way, which includes the dissemination of updated health and safety information to the community. Having accurate information, gives us the ability to make informed decisions, it relieves anxiety and engenders trust in those in charge.
COVID-19 Test Site Locator

This map provides an easy way to locate a COVID-19 test site near you. All of those experiencing symptoms or those who have been in close contact recently with a COVID positive individual should seek testing.

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