Edition 292 | March 25, 2021
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.
Cape Cod Times article:
Albert to Bring History of Advocacy to County Administrator Role
Town of Falmouth Announces FY22 Human Services Funding

The Town of Falmouth, acting through the Human Services Department, seeks proposals from interested public or private, state and federally recognized non-profit organizations, agencies, or partnerships to provide projects, programs and services that address unmet human service needs in the community.
Attention Upper Cape/Falmouth Area Behavioral Health & Human Service Providers

The Town of Falmouth Human Services Department, in partnership with the Human Services Committee, is conducting a brief survey and your input would be appreciated.

Click button below to take the survey, or take a picture of the QR code (on left) with your smart phone to be directed to the survey.

Thank you for your participation! We send our sincere appreciation for all the ways you support the residents of Falmouth - particularly during the challenges of the past year.
Forum #1 Video: "Food Security and Access Across Cape Cod"

Please take a few moments to learn about the current needs, resources, and opportunities for community engagement on food security and access from local experts: Christine Menard, Executive Director, Family Pantry of Cape Cod and Co-Chair, Cape Cod Hunger Network; Tammy Leone, Executive Director, Cape Kid Meals; and Maryanne Ryan, Director of Community Services, Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. Please feel free to share this link with others who may be interested as well.
Cape Cod Foundation Needs Assessment Survey

Please take 10 minutes to update our team on your organization's current circumstances, challenges, and critical needs. We are using this information to help direct our own grantmaking. We are also sharing the survey's themes with other fund holders within the Foundation and in the community. Please know your individual responses will remain confidential. Visit our website for the latest information on the Foundation's Strategic Emergency Response Fund and other resources and opportunities.
Support Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center and Donate to Win!
Easton Pool & Spa and their partners have teamed up to donate a $50,000 Plunge Pool with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center.

Running March 15 - Memorial Day & only 500 tickets are available so act fast!
Virtual Training: Suicide and Suicide Risk in LBGTQ+ Youth: An Overview and Recommendations, Tuesday, March 30 from 12-2pm

Join us for a virtual training event in partnership with the Greater Boston PFLAG: Suicide and Suicide Risk in LGBTQ+ Youth: An Overview and Recommendations. Presenter Tracy McKay, MSW, will dive into the issues that LGBTQ+ youth face and define terms such as gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression for those in helping roles.
This event will also feature a panel of LGBTQ+ community members who will share their stories on these important issues.

Cost: $50 for general admission

Continuing Education Credits: Applications for 2 hours of continuing education credits will be submitted for social workers, LMFTs, and nurses in MA. This training is approved for 2 hours of continuing education for psychologists and counselors. 
Upcoming Webinar - Know the Science: Addiction is a Treatable Brain Disease, Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7pm

Webinar presented by: Dr. Jennifer Michaels, the Medical Director of the Brien Center, Berkshire County’s largest provider of behavioral health and addiction services, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is dual board certified in adult and addiction psychiatry. She is a national mentor for the Physician Clinical Support System, a program providing education to physicians in the addiction medicine field. She is a passionate community educator who presents on topics related to substance use disorders, mental health and mindfulness. 
Webinar: Equity in Aging on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 1-2pm

Please join us for a webinar on Equity in Aging. Presentations will include current work and highlighted issues from:

The webinar will be the start of a conversation on Equity in Aging with further webinars and the launch of a MHAC group focused on advancing inclusive age-and dementia friendly communities, policies and practices.
Pandemic Parenting: Supporting
Teen Mental Health Wellness, Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 7-8:15pm

The Families for Depression Awareness is presenting our free Pandemic Parenting: Supporting Teen Mental Health webinar on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:15 PM

In this webinar, Dr. Archana Basu, discusses how the pandemic is affecting teen, parent, and family mental health. Dr. Basu will provide practical evidence-based ways to manage parental stress and share tips for communicating with and supporting teens and young adults. This program is designed for parents, guardians, family members, youth workers, and any caring adults interested in teen mental health. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion or watch on demand after it airs. 
Virtual Live Presentation: Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Legislation Friday, April 9, 2021 8:30-10:30am

Please join us for a virtual live presentation and keynote by Massachusetts State Senator, Joan Lovely as she discusses legislation to address exploitation, hiring practices and the statute of limitations concerning child sexual abuse.
Cape Cod Children's Place Drive-by Family Fun Fair, Saturday April 10, 10am-12pm

The Cape Cod Children's Place welcomes your participation in this year's Family Fun Fair Drive By event on April 10th, 10 - noon at the Monomoy Regional High School! This will be a kick-off event to the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child. 
Virtual Fundraiser, April 10, 6pm

Please join us to learn about Homelessness among the LGBTQIA youth and young adults on Cape Cod and have a home dance party listening to all the Wonderful Local Musicians.
Forum #2 "Housing and Homelessness Across Cape Cod"
Thursday, April 15 from 9:30-10:30am

Register to attend the virtual forum live or to receive a link to a recording after the event. We'll announce the presenters soon.
Virtual Nurturing Families in Recovery - Spring 2021 

  • Mondays 6:30pm-8pm
  • Spring 2021 Dates to be announced
  • Must attend all classes

This course is being offered on ZOOM. You will receive the link when you complete registration. Open to any parenting member of a family in recovery. Must register to attend! Application and intake required.

To sign up or for more information call 508-771-4336 & leave a message or email director@capecoalition.com
Grant Writing Certificate Series

Dates: Tue. 4/6-4/27/2021
Time: 2-4pm, 4 sessions
Cost: $219
This is an invigorating and informative course that will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter the exciting field of grant writing! You'll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders that are a good match for your organization. You'll also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package. 
This course is offered in a remote learning capacity. Zoom guidance and instructions will be provided prior to the start of the course. 
You Don't Need to Travel Far to Receive High-Quality Education/Training That Will Position You for Success in the Technical Trades or a Career in an Allied Health Field

Several programs prepare the student for licensure in various industries. In order to meet the needs of students, we also offer several courses online. Here at UCT you will find over 500 exciting career and enrichment courses ranging from health careers, computers, technical trades, business, legal, culinary, wellness and fun courses!
 “Stay Strong” Women’s Cancer Support Group

The “Stay Strong” Women’s Cancer Support Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month at Grace Chapel in South Wellfleet. 

This support group is a meeting for women diagnosed with cancer and survivors of cancer. Even though many people receive support from friends and family, the number one reason people join a support group is to be with others who have similar cancer experiences. Research shows that joining a support group improves both quality of life and survival.
Free LGBTQ Grief Support Group
LGBTQ Grief Group, co-sponsored by Helping Our Women and Sharing Kindness begins on Wednesday, April 7th and will meet online for an hour and a half, from 12:30PM to 2:00PM, over the course of 8-weeks. A trained bereavement facilitator will lead this free online group. “Unfortunately it’s common for grievers to feel disconnected from the world around them and for LGBTQ grief and loss, limited resources can result in increased isolation,” shares Gwynne Guzzeau, Executive Director of Helping Our Women (HOW).
Thrive! CIGSYA - LGBTQ and Ally Center of Cape Cod Continue Digital Meetings 

The LGBTQ+ group Thrive is for folks ages 13 to 22. We have been meeting virtually every Wednesday at 4 pm for fun, support, and more! This group creates space to discuss gender, sexuality, race, and our day to day among other things. If you are interested in joining one of our events, please email kgarcia@wethrive.us or check out our Facebook, Instagram:@cigsya and Twitter: @thriveatcigsya 
Available Food Resources

The Barnstable County Cooperative Extension and Department of Human Services has compiled information on programs and sites in Barnstable County where prepared meals and pre-bagged groceries and supplies are available for pick-up.

Coping During the COVID-19 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-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.

COVID 19 Survival Kit Series - Sponsored by Nami Cape Cod & The Islands

In early 2020, when COVID 19 hit hard, NAMI Cape Cod & the Islands developed an 8-part Survival Tool Kit Series, based on the research of Bruce Perry, renowned child psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The kit was developed as a guide to review, over the fall and winter months, some essential tools to help us deal with stress of the COVID 19 pandemic. These tools apply to those of all ages--children, adolescents, young adults, adults and elders. Each month highlights a new topic and provides tools to help manage this crisis and identify resources such as web videos, articles, discussions and more we have found helpful. In the month of February we are highlighting part 4 of the series which focuses on “Screen Time”. To access the tool kit click website button below. We want everyone to be safe and healthy during this pandemic. 

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