Edition 289 | February 11, 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.
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.
DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT
Hiring Full-time SHINE Project Specialist
Barnstable County Department of Human Services is seeking to hire a Project Specialist for the SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program providing SHINE counseling, volunteer management, education, training, and promotion of SHINE program; all other related work, as required.
 
Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the field of health or human services or related field, and 3 years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidate must be a certified SHINE counselor or commit to completing SHINE certification within 6 months of start date. 1-3 years’ experience managing volunteers and working with vulnerable populations. Applications due by March 1, 2021 or until position is filled.
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.

COMMUNITY NEWS / ANNOUNCEMENTS
Host Home Program for Youth and Young Adults
Barnstable County Department of Human Services is seeking written quotes from qualified contractors to undertake certain activities to create a business plan for a Pilot Host Home program for Youth and Young Adults who are experiencing housing instability and/or homelessness. The consultant will work with Barnstable County and Homeless Prevention Council to identify and engage partners to develop a host home program.

New Leadership for Advisory Commission for 2021
The Barnstable County Human Rights Commission has new leadership for 2021. Dr. Kate Epperly, who served as Vice Chair to the Board until recently, was voted in as Chair. Advisory member, Patricia Oshman, was elected to the position of Vice-Chair.
New Offering Available

Individualized Day Support is a groundbreaking self-directed model that allows families the opportunity to shift some of their day services funding over to our IDS model to utilize familiar Arc day program staff to support their loved ones in their home or in their community, or the ability to hire their own staff. Our IDS program is open to all of our Day Program participants.
 
For more information, please email Victoria Gill Director of Program Operations.
Notice to Quit Requirements and Resources for Landlords

How must landlords issue notices to quit? The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has recently put new requirements in place for landlords regarding the issuance of notices to quit. From December 31, 2020 until the end of the COVID-19 state of emergency, landlords must do the following:
Free Tax Preparation Services Provided by Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands

Registration now open!

Health Connector Extends Open Enrollment until March 23 - Community Actions Committee of Cape Cod & Islands Has Phone appointments available Call Today! 
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.
February Parent Education & Support Opportunities Newsletter

Month long activities and events to keep you involved!

Affordable Homeownership Applications are Open!

Habitat Cape Cod will be building 10 affordable homes on Willett Way, (off of Barrows Road) in Falmouth. The build will be two phases, we will raise the walls on 6 homes this year and 4 homes next year.

Please forward to anyone you know that would like the opportunity to apply to partner with Habitat Cape Cod to build their own, affordable, new home.
The Shed for Homes Raffle is Underway!

You could be the lucky winner of an 8' x 10' Shed filled with lots of good things to help with your spring clean up and gardening projects, while also helping build affordable homes for local Cape Cod families! Raffle tickets are $5 or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at either of our ReStores in Yarmouth and Falmouth or online. The winning name will be pulled in June.
Health Imperatives Offers Free Assistance with Health Insurance Applications

Health Imperatives now offers health insurance enrollment support. Individuals are encouraged to call 508-771-8010 for a free appointment with our Certified Application Counselor. We can help people determine what insurance options are available to them through the Massachusetts Health Connector, assist them in completing an online application, or work with them to resolve other insurance concerns. While we encourage people to sign up for insurance, Health Imperatives does not turn anyone away from its programs because of insurance status. To learn more about our programs and services on Cape Cod, click button below.
MassSupport Network Provides Free Community Outreach and Support Services to Youth and Adults Statewide

Given all the changes, uncertainty, and loss associated with COVID-19, we know that we as a community are concerned about our children, families and loved ones, and we would like to offer some assistance. MassSupport Network provides free community outreach and support services to youth and adults statewide. Our “Crisis Counseling Program” is a partnership between the MA Department of Health and Riverside Trauma Center and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA).
EVENTS / TRAININGS
Join In on our virtual Out of the Darkness Campus Walks this spring
Parkinson's Disease and Communication Virtual Webinar

Join the American Parkinson Disease Association MA for the virtual educational program "Parkinson's Disease and Communication." This program will be presented by Lisa Sommers, MA, CCC-SLP, Clinic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Center for Language Speech, and Hearing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
This program is the third in our APDA MA Virtual Education Series: Bringing Information to You at Home.

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm
Virtual Project Safe Childhood Education Series - Wednesday, March 24, 2021 3:00pm-4:30pm

Brought to you in collaboration by: The United States Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Cape and Islands District Attorney's Office and Orleans Police Department
Cape Cod Commission presents COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Workshop Series

The Cape Cod Commission is pleased to announce the launch of a multi-part workshop series designed to help guide Cape Cod business owners towards COVID-19 recovery and resiliency strategies.

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!

AARP Creates 'Training Video' Tutorials for Age-Friendly Community Efforts

The AARP Livable Communities team has created video tutorials with guidance for communities seeking to become age-friendly. The six-video series is meant to help stakeholders understand the basics of “age-friendly,” but to also help cities, towns and regions through the process of assessment, action planning and implementation. 
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!
GROUP MEETINGS
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 
COVID-19 NOTICES / RESOURCES
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.
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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