Edition 304 | September 9, 2021
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.
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
Yarmouth Request for Proposals to Administer Affordable Housing Buy Down Program

The Town of Yarmouth Municipal Affordable Housing Trust is seeking proposals from qualified consultants, developers, and project proponents to implement and administer the Affordable Housing Buy Down Program where market-rate homes are subsidized with public funds and sold to first-time homebuyers at an affordable price with an affordable deed restriction. The program budget is $475,000.

Please see the attached Request for Proposals (RFP) for more details.

Contact the Department of Community Development at 508-398-2231 ext 1275 or mwaygan@yarmouth.ma.us with any questions. 

Barnstable County HOME Program - Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
For Program Year 2020
Notice of Public Meeting, Document Availability and Comment Period
The Barnstable County HOME Program has completed its Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Program Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). The HOME Consortium was awarded $462,132 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out the goals and objectives set forth in the HOME Program’s 2020 - 2024 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan. The CAPER is a year-end report that outlines the accomplishments and challenges of the Barnstable County HOME Program. The Barnstable County HOME staff will conduct a virtual public meeting on the draft 2020 CAPER on: September 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. 

Click to View: Draft 2020 CAPER or a copy may be requested by contacting Renie Hamman at 508-375-6622 or by email: homeprogram@barnstablecounty.org Comments on the Draft 2020 CAPER will be accepted through September 27, 2021 and will be summarized in the final CAPER submitted to HUD.
RFP for Contractual Rural Health Network Coordination Services
Outer Cape Community Solutions (OCCS) on outer Cape Cod, MA is seeking proposals to provide coordination services for a HRSA-funded Rural Health Planning Network program. OCCS is a collaborative network of representatives from healthcare, human services, town government, and other stakeholders in the rural Outer Cape region. Please see the attached RFP and application. Much of the work can be done virtually, although some in-person work is anticipated on the Outer Cape. This contract will start as soon as possible and run through June 30, 2022.
Please respond via the attached application by September 10, 2021.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

A time to raise awareness on this stigmatized and sometimes taboo topic. Let's use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911.

Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat. All chat centers in the Lifeline network are accredited by CONTACT USA. Lifeline Chat is available 24/7 across the U.S.
Reducing Suicide Risk for LGBTQ Youth from the Trevor Project

LGBTQ youth are at elevated risk for poor mental health and suicide compared with straight/cisgender peers (Johns et al, 2019; Johns et al., 2020). Because this risk is related to the harmful ways LGBTQ youth are treated, rather than something about being LGBTQ in itself, increased acceptance and affirmation can reduce risk (Meyer, 2016). 
It's Coming! Open Enrollment 2021 and your Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone Program (SHINE)
The time is now to review your Medicare coverage! By September 30th, each Medicare beneficiary should have received an Annual Notice of Coverage which included important information regarding Medicare costs and benefits. You can compare your Medicare benefits and health insurance options at no cost with your local SHINE counselor. A visit or phone call with a certified SHINE volunteer may reduce your out of pocket medical and/or prescription drug costs. In addition, meeting with your SHINE counselor during open enrollment can help you identify public programs that can help with premiums, copayments and health coverage based on income and assets.

Open enrollment is October 15 – December 7 and state certified SHINE counselors are available at your senior center by appointment to help you understand health care coverage, review cost increases, and find out what’s new with Medicare.

Women’s Legal Planning Workshop,
September 21, 2021, 5:30-7:30pm

Join us for this free workshop, which will provide an introduction to understanding probate, wills, trusts, health care proxy and power of attorney.

Tuesday, September 21st 5:30-7:00pm
You must register to attend this workshop by calling 508-430-8111 or email: info@wecancenter.org

This workshop will be facilitated by WE CAN Volunteer Attorney Tracy Shaughnessy, of Shaughnessy Law. Tracy has served on the Board of Directors for UMASS Dartmouth School of Law Alumni, Cape and Islands Red Cross chapter, Cape Cod Community Media Center, in addition to her volunteer work with WE CAN. Tracy is also a Town Councilor for the town of Barnstable.
The Job Search A-Z - A Workshop Series,
Beginning September 22, 2021, 5:30-7:00pm
Everything you need to know about job search or changing careers
  • Four Wednesdays, starting September 22
  • (Final session is October 13)
  • 5:30-7:00 pm, via Zoom

More Info: 508-430-8111 or mairead@wecancenter.org
Facilitated by WE CAN volunteer Julie DeSorgher.

This free, four-week workshop series will explore the life cycle of the job search, from resume development to transitioning into a new position.

You will come away with: a professional resume and optimized Linked In profile; new interview and networking skills; and a broader understanding of the entire job search process.
SAFE Child Communities Collaboration Coordinator at Cape Cod Children's Place via ZOOM, September 27, 2021, 2-3:30pm
“Cape Cod Children’s Place- CCCP is inviting all Cape Cod Community Partners, Agencies, Not Profits, and Organizations to join their next virtual Community Café on Monday, Sep. 27, 2021, from: 2:00 – 3:30 pm. CCCP in partnership with Children’s Trust are introducing “Aunt Bertha”, the social care network that is being used as the first tool by several organizations across the Country to better assist families in need, and is being implemented on Cape Cod.
Learn how Aunt Bertha will let you and your organization navigating the system and finding all resources; food, goods, housing, work, education, transit, legal, money and health without difficulties, consuming time, and frustration”. Please, call Cape Cod Children’s Place at 508-240-3310 to receive the Zoom link. RSVP before 9/22/21”. 
Food Access Partnership Event via ZOOM, September 28, 2021, 8:30-2:30pm
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will be hosting a community partnership event to discuss and explore initiatives in food access. The objective is to gather community input on Barnstable County’s role in community food access initiatives and identify action items / next steps. A listening session held earlier in the summer identified three need areas to explore during the session. 
Sexual and Domestic Violence (SDV) Training Know More, Do More: Recognizing and Responding to Stalking, September 28, 2021, 8:45-1:00pm, Harborview Conference Room, Barnstable County Complex

Stalking is a prevalent, dangerous and often misunderstood crime. This session explores the dynamics of stalking, focusing on the highly contextual nature of the crime by discussing common tactics used by offenders (including the use of technology to stalk) and stalking’s co-occurrence with domestic and sexual violence. The presentation will also provide practical tools and strategies to assess risk, plan for victim safety, and hold offenders accountable. Topics that will be covered are Stalking Prevalence, Lethality, and Impact, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault, The Use of Technology to Stalk, Stalking Risk Assessment, and Working with Victims of Stalking/Safety Planning.

Who should attend: Law enforcement officers, probation officers, ADAs, victim/witness advocates, SDV advocates, court personnel, dispatchers, medical, mental health and human service personnel, IPAEP facilitators, SANE nurses, military members, any first responder or professional who interacts with survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

If you have questions or concerns email cherylc@indhouse.net or daniellewhitney@mass.gov
FREE WEBINAR - What If I Say the Wrong Thing? Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One is Depressed -October 27, 2021, 7:00-8:30pm ET

Families for Depression Awareness is presenting our free What If I Say the Wrong Thing? Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One Is Depressed webinar on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET/ 4:00 to 5:30 PM PT. In this webinar, Dr. Chris Segrin shares how caregivers can communicate effectively with a loved one about their depression, manage conflict, maintain their own boundaries, and offer hope to a person living with depression. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion or watch on demand after it airs.
After the webinar, complete our online evaluation and participants will receive a free copy of our 60-page handbook - Helping Someone Living with Depression or Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook for Families and Caregivers.
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.
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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