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The Barnstable County Department of Human Services and Regional Substance Use Council are proud to partner with multiple organizations across Barnstable County to address substance use across the continuum of prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery.

Barnstable County Outreach Critical Incident Management System (BCO CIMS)

To combat the opioid crisis on Cape Cod, the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office, Barnstable County police departments, and Barnstable County Department of Human Services have partnered to form Barnstable County Outreach. Modeled after Plymouth County Outreach, this initiative works to connect individuals who have experienced a non-fatal overdose that police have responded to with a local recovery coach in an effort to connect them with resources to make treatment more accessible. Current police departments involved include Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth.

WellStrong Peer Wellness Coach

To support the recovery community, Barnstable County Department of Human Services has partnered with WellStrong, a gym in Falmouth for individuals in recovery, to provide Recovery Coaching with a focus on health and wellness. Wellness Coaches work with clients over 3-6 months to provide mentorship, peer-based support and accountability groups, navigation to helpful recovery resources, and individualized plans to create health goals. To apply or for more information, contact

Dennis Recovery Support Navigator

The Town of Dennis in partnership with the Barnstable County Department of Human Services and Duffy Health Center to provide direct assistance for Dennis residents who are looking to learn more about substance use disorder resources.

A Recovery Support Navigator is available to offer advice and personalized assistance with treatment for substance use (including heroin, opioids, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and other substances).
The Recovery Support Navigator can:

  • Provide support, guidance, and advocacy for recovery
  • Provide information and referrals to inpatient and outpatient programs at other agencies
  • Link you to providers at Duffy for treatment and counseling if requested
  • Provide follow up

For support, please contact:
Nicole Hunter
Recovery Support Navigator, Duffy Health Center
508-776-8428  Messages can be left on this confidential voicemail.

Sticker Shock

Cape-wide Sticker Shock Campaign reminds adults not to buy alcohol for minors

DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Multiple organizations across the Cape partner twice a year to promote the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Drug disposal kiosks are available at many pharmacies and 24/7 at all Barnstable County Police Departments. The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 26, 2020. Find a location near you >>

Bulk Narcan Purchase

Barnstable County Department of Human Services received an earmark for FY19 and FY20 to provide Naloxone to the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and all Barnstable County Police Departments.

Escape the Vape

In 2018 the US Surgeon General declared youth vaping an epidemic. In response to this and rising youth vape use on Cape Cod, Barnstable County Department of Human Services has developed a vaping toolkit, Escape the Vape, aimed at providing youth, parents, and educators with the tools they need to reduce youth vaping in our communities.

Employer Toolkit

In addition to providing information about substance use disorders, treatment, recommended strategies, and workplace injury prevention, the Employer Toolkit also helps businesses calculate the financial impacts of employee substance-use disorders in terms of worker productivity and labor costs. This toolkit will help any business or organization navigate the complexities of dealing with substance use at the workplace.

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