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Barnstable County Seeks to Boost Community Input to Help Inform Assessment of Substance Use on Cape Cod


Two public “kick-off” meetings are being offered in September.

August 11, 2022 (Barnstable, MA) – Barnstable County Department of Human Services and the Regional Substance Addiction Council will offer two public “kick-off” meetings in September to collect data intended to update the 2015 baseline assessment of substance use on Cape Cod. The meetings will be facilitated by the project consultant, Health Resources in Action (HRiA).

Discussion at the meetings will focus on a literature review of academic publications, substance use data collection, and key informant interviews. The assessment will research all areas of substance use on Cape Cod, including harm reduction, youth substance use prevention, recovery, and treatment.

“The Human Services Department values the input of community members, providers, and those most impacted by substance use,” said Human Services Director Joseph Pacheco. “These kick-off meetings aim to engage members of the public and ensure the community is aware of work Barnstable County is performing.”

The Department of Human Services encourages attendance by those who have substance use data to contribute or anyone wanting to learn more about the planned assessment and how it will help our region.

Sessions will be held virtually via Zoom on

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Advance registration is required.


To register for the September 7th, 1-2 pm session:

To register for the September 8th, 5-6 pm session:


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