Volume 274 | July 23, 2020
Edition 99 | February 4, 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


Season of Change - Coping During Covid
A Virtual Town Hall Event
February 24, 2021 6:00pm-7:30pm
The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force and MassSupport Network are partnering to present Season of Change, Coping During COVID. The event will focus on understanding the psychological impact of the challenges faced during this time and will offer helpful coping and self-care practices. The event will also provide an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of local health and human service experts.
Upcoming Youth Substance Use Prevention Forums for Parents and Caregivers

Open to the public. Please see flyers below.

LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS
Food4Vets - February 9, 1:00-3:00pm

Barnstable County COVID-19 Resources: Everything You Need in One Place

Looking for up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccination planning on Cape Cod? Please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine Information Page.

Safe, affordable and accessible COVID-19 testing is available for the Cape Cod community by appointment only at drive-through facilities located in Hyannis and Falmouth and now Provincetown, Wellfleet and Harwich Port. Visit our Testing Information Page for further details.

Veterans Affairs is providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Veterans. The VA is reaching out to veterans directly and prioritizing contact based on the veteran’s level of risk for infection. If you are a veteran and you feel the VA might not have your current contact information due to a recent move, please call the VA Patient Call Center at 401-273-7100 EXT. 13336

For everything else please click button below.
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.
Move, Breathe and Nourish Yourself While
Igniting Your Own Innerglow

Throughout the month of February, innerglow yoga in Mashpee Commons is offering a 5 class pass for just $45*, with a portion of pass sales going directly to support Duffy Health Center's programs and services!

Free Trainings from HRiA

The Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Project at Health Resources in Action will continue to offer free, virtual trainings throughout the year. For more information see below flyers. 
Mother's Day Online Auction
 
We're celebrating Moms with an online auction to benefit PSP's scholarship program. If you would like to donate an item or volunteer to help with the event, email Linda at capecodpsp@gmail.com We're setting the bar high with a fundraising goal of $10,000. Any items you can donate or if anybody you know would like to contribute, let us know.
Recovery Coaching - With a Focus on Health and Wellness

What is Recovery Wellness Coaching? Click on button below for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers Needed!

The Cape Cod Medical Reserve Corps is looking for both medical and non-medial volunteers. Click link below for volunteer information.
Become a Volunteer SHINE Counselor!

Do you have some spare time and like to help people?
Do you like technical information and problem solving?
If so, you may be the perfect SHINE volunteer!
STATE NEWS
Upcoming Trainings
The mission of AdCare Educational Institute is to advance awareness, knowledge and skills in the prevention, intervention and treatment of substance abuse and related public health issues. The Institute accomplishes its mission through the development and implementation of high quality, yet affordable training programs and educational events. Activities are offered to individuals and organizations who directly or indirectly encounter problems associated with substance abuse or are affected by other public health issues. To view upcoming trainings and webinars, click button below.
New Website Launched to Help Parents Support their Children’s Mental Health
Recognizing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children’s mental health, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) joined forces with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to launch HandholdMA.org, a new family-friendly website for parents and guardians of school-aged children who are concerned about their child’s mental health. HandholdMA.org provides families with tips, tools, and resources designed to help them navigate their child’s mental health journey with confidence. The content, which is targeted to families with kids age 6-12 years, was developed by a team of mental health and child development experts as well as family and community partners. A creative team from IDEO Cambridge designed the user experience and branding.
Support After A Death by Overdose

SADOD provides resources, information, and assistance to people throughout Massachusetts who have been affected by the death of someone they care about from a substance-use-related cause. Our focus is on increasing the capacity and effectiveness of peer grief support for bereaved people, frontline care providers, and people in recovery or struggling with drug use.
Gift Cards Totaling $50 Can Motivate Menthol Smokers and Vapers to Quit
NATIONAL NEWS
Substance Use Disorders A Heavy Economic Burden on Employers

“We already have an epidemic going on with substance use disorders before this current crisis hit,” says Dr. L. Casey Chosewood, director of the Office of Total Worker Health with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The nation's workers were already facing high levels of stress and mental health challenges before the pandemic — the pandemic itself didn't cause these difficulties. They fed on each other and have taxed vulnerable populations.” 
Methamphetamine Overdose Deaths Rise Sharply Nationwide

Methamphetamine overdose deaths surged in an eight-year period in the United States, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. The analysis revealed rapid rises across all racial and ethnic groups, but American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates overall. The research was conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. To read the full study click here below.
SAMHSA Communities Talk Stipends Available

While COVID-19 has changed the prevention landscape, SAMHSA’s commitment to underage drinking prevention has stayed the same. Registration for the 2021 Communities Talk activity cycle is now open, and $750 planning stipends are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the site website below or email info@stopalcoholabuse.net to request an invitation to register. 
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! 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: https://www.facebook.com/WeThriveLGBTQCenterCapeCod
Instagram: @cigsya Twitter: @thriveatcigsya 
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