Duffy Health Center’s success in helping those most vulnerable across Cape Cod is built upon the partnerships we forge in the community and the innovative solutions we provide.
Duffy is an active participant and an executive member of the Cape & Islands Regional Network to End Homelessness. The Regional Network serves the communities of Barnstable County, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Over 35 groups participate to create a network of homeless services providers, non-profit agencies, private businesses, housing developers, public housing authorities, representatives from local, county, and state government, faith-based communities, and formerly homeless persons.
The mission of the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council is to establish a communication infrastructure across towns, providers, organizations, and individuals on Cape Cod. This allows our region to identify and address gaps and disparities in the service system and maximize inter-agency collaboration in order to access funding and resource opportunities. Duffy Health Center and the other members of the Council strive to have a coordinated and comprehensive regional approach to substance use across the continuum of prevention, treatment, intervention, and recovery.
Duffy Health Center was a charter founder of the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod & the Islands. The Coalition was formed in 2013 with the goal of addressing the fragmentation and confusion surrounding behavioral health services available to the Cape & Islands community. The vision of the Coalition is that individuals in our community will have accessible mental health and addiction treatment services within an integrated and cohesive system of care.
Duffy Health Center has a partnership with Barnstable County whereby Duffy provides direct assistance for residents who are looking to learn more about resources for substance use disorders. A Duffy 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. This collaborative partnership is an indication of Barnstable County’s commitment to connecting members of their community to effective treatment for substance use disorders.
This informal network of five federally qualified health centers serves over 40,000 residents of the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. Advocating for the health of the under-served, the Network members seek to develop coordinated responses to reducing health disparities in our communities. Over the past several years, the Network has developed several regional health initiatives including depression screening, diabetes care for minority patients, a Specialty Network for the Uninsured, medication assisted treatment services, and practice transformation support.