Local Health and
Safety Resources on Cape Cod
Cape and Islands Gay Straight Youth Alliance (CIGSYA)The CIGSYA is a nonprofit organization that works to “make sure all youth ages 22 and under have a safe space to be themselves”. CIGSYA holds community education events on LGBTQ topics, free and/or low-cost social activities like movie nights and dances, and organizes a yearly summit for Cape Cod Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) student leaders.
Contact information: (508) 778-7744, 56 Barnstable Road, Hyannis
Cape Cod Healthcare Psychiatric Assessment Team (PAT)24 hour assessment and referral services are readily accessible to residents of Cape Cod and the Islands. PAT responds to the needs of the community through diagnosis, treatment, education, and prevention services. Teams are located at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital.
Contact Information: 1-800-513-4728
Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition (SPC)The Suicide Prevention Coalition works to raise awareness around suicide in order to reduce the number of suicides in the region. SPC assists schools and after school programs, mental health, law enforcement, and emergency medical service agencies; organizations representing suicide survivors; and groups representing communities whose members may be at risk for suicide and families who have experienced suicide.
Contact information: 1- 800- 322-1356
Career Opportunities of HyannisCareer Opportunities is a branch of the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board, and a collaborative effort of three agencies: the Job Training & Employment Corporation (JTEC), the Division of Career Services (DCS) and the Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Career Opportunities offers services for out of school youth ages 16-21, including academic remediation and GED preparation.
Contact information: (508) 508-771-5627; www.capejobs.com
Child and Family Services of Cape CodChild and Family Services works with children who are victims of serious physical abuse, sexual assault and/or witnessed family violence. They provide individual, family and group counseling, support, case management and linkages to other appropriate community services. It is a comprehensive educational and advocacy program for families referred by the Department of Social Services. Parent Mentors work with families to learn new and better ways of coping with the challenges of everyday life. The focus of the program is to strengthen families at risk for child abuse or neglect. The goal is to keep children with their families in order to spare them the trauma of separation and loss.
Contact information: 508 778-1839
Family Planning of HyannisFamily Planning provides high quality, confidential reproductive health care, prevention and education services for women, men and teens in Southeastern Massachusetts. Their mission is to promote and ensure reproductive health care and rights based on the unique needs of the individuals and communities they serve. They are committed to providing confidential, affordable and accessible reproductive health services to individuals of all ages.
Contact information: (508) 771 8010; www.healthimperatives.org/locations
Gosnold of Cape Cod: Addiction Treatment, Recovery & SupportGosnold serves individuals and families affected by substance abuse and mental illness. Their outpatient center in Centerville provides a list of local providers who work with teens struggling with drug/alcohol addiction. Gosnold runs a free program every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the Falmouth Hospital. The program provides information and strategies for families with a loved one struggling with addiction.
Contact information: outpatient phone: (508) 862-9929, ext. 5199; www.gosnold.org
Independence House is the sole comprehensive community-based resource on Cape Cod, providing free and confidential services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. They also offer specialized assistance for youth in relationships who may be experiencing domestic or intimate partner violence. Their website offers information about healthy teen relationships, and shares warning signs for a relationship that may be becoming abusive.
Contact information: (508) 771-6507; Hotline 800-439-6507; www.independencehouseteens.org
Kids and Teens Behavioral Health Assessment Center (KTAC)A part of Cape Cod Healthcare, KTAC provides out-patient psychiatric care for youth ages 3-19, including neuropsychological and psychological testing/assessment, medication prescription and management and counseling services. It provides behavioral health and treatment services as well as access to a clinician, psychologist and psychiatrist; a central point of contact to help coordinate referrals for specialized assessments, and a central place to receive information and support related to parenting a child with emotional and behavioral health/concern concerns.
Contact information: (508) 790- 5903, 460 West Main Street, Hyannis
Kids Grieve Too of Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape CodKids Grieve Too was started over a decade ago to respond to the needs of bereaved children on the Cape. It has grown to offer regular groups for kids of all ages, individual counseling for children, families and adults, community trainings and services in the schools.
Contact information: 508-957-0200 ♦ Toll Free 800-642-2423
Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC)MARC is an academic center housed at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. They conduct research, attend and host conferences and workshops, and bring anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying programs to K-12 faculty, staff, administration, students, parents, and communities.
Contact information: 508-531-1784; http://marccenter.webs.com
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF)DCF is the state agency charged with the responsibility of protecting children from child abuse and neglect. They offer a wide variety of services including child abuse and sexual assault prevention programs, adoption and foster care, teen parent education, runaway and homeless youth hotlines, adolescent counseling and GLBTQ advocacy services. DCF is also committed to ensuring that youth in its care are able to pursue higher education and vocational training to achieve their potential. In keeping with this commitment, there are both state and federally funded programs available to youth in the care of DCF, as well as in DCF sponsored adoptive and guardianship homes, to help finance post-secondary education. Abuse or neglect can be reported via the Child-at-Risk Hotline anytime of the day or night at 1-800-792-5200.
Contact information: Cape & Islands Reporting 508-760-0200; 500 Main Street, Hyannis; www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dcf/
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC)MSPCC offers a range of programs and services to strengthen and support children and families throughout Cape Cod. Many of their services are home-based. MSPCC is a licensed provider of individual, group and family counseling with specific training and experience in helping victims of trauma. MSPCC is committed to providing family-centered, comprehensive treatment services in a family‘s home or other settings including mental health evaluations, in-home therapy, parent support and education classes, and therapeutic mentoring. The Center also includes specialized child and adolescent trauma treatment services. MSPCC services help parents develop the skills to be more confident and successful as parents, and access the information and resources they need for their families' well-being. They also offer specific support for pregnant and parenting teens. Contact Information: 508- 775-0275; http://www.mspcc.org/
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services of Cape CodMobile Crisis Intervention Services are accessible 24 hours/day to children and adolescents up to age 20, who are experiencing a mental or emotional health crisis. Telephone triage initially determines the level of risk, type of service needed, and the most appropriate/safe setting for crisis intervention. MCI works closely with schools and local agencies in an effort to avoid unnecessary hospital emergency room visits by offering MCI in the least restrictive environment. Services are provided through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. Crisis Line: (800) 322-1356. Contact information: 508- 564-9690
Navigating ADHDNavigating ADHD is a solution based approach to supporting families whose lives are affected by ADHD. Co-founders Tracey Bromley-Goodwin, M.Ed. and Holly Oberacker, ATR, LMHC, offer parents and children proven methods for managing the symptoms of ADHD. Services include seminars and workshops for professionals and families; a parent education support group; and for students, one on one academic and life skill coaching sessions ,art therapy sessions, and social skills groups focusing on skill development, self-awareness, and building self- esteem. Contact Information: 508-566-0093; http://navigatingadhd.com/
Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH)SMH is a non-profit organization that provides community-based (in-person) and interactive (telephone and online) programs of mental health education and screening for depression, bipolar disorder, suicide intervention, alcohol problems, eating disorders, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. All of SMH's programs are designed to promote awareness, early detection and linkage to appropriate mental health resources for further evaluation and treatment. Contact Information: 781-239-0071; www.mentalhealthscreening.org