Volume 274 | July 23, 2020
RSAC
REGIONAL SUBSTANCE USE COUNCIL

Edition 106 | September 16, 2021
Welcome to the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC)
E-Newsletter. This monthly newsletter is designed to provide information on substance use across the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment,
and recovery. For additional information visit the Department website at www.bchumanservices.net
SPOTLIGHT

Barnstable County Department of Human Services  Hires New Substance Use Prevention Program Manager 

The Barnstable County Department of Human Services is pleased to announce the hire of Kate Lena as Program Manager for Substance Use Prevention. Ms. Lena will continue the Department’s work on planning and implementing substance use policy, practice, and systems change within the County. The position is funded by two grants from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction totaling $225,000 per year. With these funds the Human Services Department provides strategic planning, technical assistance, and sub-grants to town coalitions, school districts, and prevention providers across the Cape. 
LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS
Now Hiring Deputy Director/Senior Projects Manager for Department of Human Services

Barnstable County, department of Human Services, is accepting applications from qualified individuals to provide professional, administrative, and technical work in the areas of planning, development, implementation, and management. Emphasis will be on the areas of Behavioral Health, Homelessness and Aging. Works directly with the Director to plan and implement programs and projects within the County of Barnstable. Assists with the preparation of the departmental budget in conjunction with the Director and performs other administrative functions as needed; all other related work as required. Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (e.g. public policy, public health, public administration), three to five years of supervisory, administrative and project management experience, particularly in the area of Human Services, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Annual Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits package. Possibility of hybrid remote work. Salary $76,373.05 – 85,958.59
Cape Cod Canal Day 

The annual Cape Cod Canal Day takes place on Saturday September 18th from 11am to 6pm on Main Street in Buzzards Bay. In addition to the live entertainment and food trucks, you will find local public health and addiction-related organizations present there with information about their services, how to get connected to support, and educational materials.  
Town of Yarmouth and Yarmouth Substance Awareness Committee Host Substance Use Speaker Series at end of September

In celebration of Recovery Month, which takes place annually in September, the Yarmouth Substance Awareness Committee will be hosting weekly webinar trainings related to substance use disorders.
Join Calmer Choice for a Free Community Breakfast Event on September 28th, 2021

Start your morning with some inspiration and conversation. Join the area's most influential and innovative community-minded leaders and businesses as we discuss the landscape of Calmer Choice today and in the future. 

  • Learn how we work & how Calmer Choice might work for you
  • Meet the incoming CEO & hear our vision for the future
  • Chat with Founder & CEO Fiona Jensen before she retires 
Collaboration between Non-profits Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc., and Duffy Health Center Yields Award of $315,000 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to Duffy Health Center for RecoveryBuild Alternative Peer Group Program
for Teens with Substance Use Challenges 

Click button below for full press release.
South Shore/Cape Cod Out of the Darkness Walk, Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Join the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for our South Shore/Cape Cod Out of the Darkness Walk on Saturday, October 2nd! We'll be walking together in-person to raise awareness and funds for mental health and suicide prevention. Our Walks give people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform to create a culture that’s smarter about mental health. Friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers walk side-by-side, supporting each other and in memory of those we’ve lost.
Good Grief Cape Cod
Good Grief Cape Cod is a local organization dedicated to working with children and families who have suffered a death-related loss, supporting them through this grief. Addressing grief and trauma early on can support healthier coping mechanisms which can lead to less use of substances to cope. Good Grief Cape Cod’s mission is “to promote positive change to how we as a society respond to grief by providing community engagement opportunities, sharing information and educational workshops that will provide our community with ways to help children and families cope with death”.
Sober Living Scholarships for Residents of Barnstable County
Weekly support meetings are also available currently on Zoom. Anyone with a loved one who suffers from SUD is welcome to attend.
Recovery Coaching - With a Focus on Health and Wellness

What is Recovery Wellness Coaching? Click on button below for more information.
STATE NEWS
Massachusetts Substance Use Prevention Resource

The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a website on Substance Use Prevention that has a wealth of information. Learn more about how to talk to your kids about substances, safer drinking tips as we get closer to the holiday season, as well as how to respond to an overdose, and what treatment and recovery services are local to you.
NATIONAL NEWS
September is National Recovery Month!

September is National Recovery Month and it is all about rising up for those who have struggled with addiction, the promotion of new evidence-based strategies moving towards a healthier community, and the celebration of “any positive change” towards this goal. The theme for 2021’s Recovery Month is “Recovery is for EVERYONE: every person, every family, every community”. Check out the links below for information on upcoming events.
Massachusetts Recovery Month information and events can be found at: https://www.moar-recovery.org/recovery-month-2021

National Information and events can be found at: https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/
We Must Act: Addressing and Combating Oppression During And Beyond BIPOC Mental Health Month

July was Black, Indigenous, People of Color Mental Health Month and although we are well into September, it is important to reflect on how accessible our services are to all community members and how much cultural humility is a part of the work we do. This article written by the Human Rights Coalition (HRC) addresses topics of oppression, racism, and anti-LGBTQ bias, emboldening us to act in any way we can. This work is relevant to recovery, harm reduction, substance use treatment, and substance use prevention- it is all intertwined. Click the link below for the article and more information from the HRC. 
COVID-19 NOTICES / RESOURCES
Food Access Cape Cod

The Barnstable County Cooperative Extension has compiled information on programs and sites in Barnstable County where prepared meals and pre-bagged groceries and supplies are available for pick-up.
 
Please see flyer below for listing of meal distribution sites on the Cape.
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.
GROUP MEETINGS
Cape Cod Substance Use Resource Guide
Asking for help is the first important step.
Alcohol and other drug problems are treatable disorders. If you want to talk with a knowledgeable Information and Referral Specialist now,
Call 800-327-5050 or 617-292-5065 or view our Cape Cod Substance Use Resource Guide below.
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! at CIGSYA - LGBTQ and Ally Center of Cape Cod Now Have Monday Events

The LGBTQ + group Thrive is for folks ages 13-22. We recently switched our weekly events to Mondays at 4pm. Join us virtually or for special in person gatherings with proper Covid protocols. Please feel free to join anytime! For details email kgarcia@WeThrive.us and check out our social media platforms:

Facebook  | Instagram@cigsya | Twitter@thriveatcigsya 
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