Connecting People to Services

Community Human Service Needs Funding

OPEN in January 2018: Mental Health Request for Proposals $20,000 and Substance Abuse Request for Proposals $20,000 for FY19

CLOSED: Request for Proposals FY 2018*

The Falmouth Human Services Committee has been working for more than a year to alter its process for the distribution of human services related funding.  In order to ensure that the town’s current needs and trends are being addressed in the most effective manner, the Human Services Committee has conducted a year-long strategic review of current human service related needs (Falmouth Community Human Services Needs assessment.2016) and identified 5 key areas of unmet needs in our community.

  • Homeless PreventionMany Falmouth residents are “housing cost burdened”, meaning they spend more than 30% of the household income on housing costs. This results in instability for household members, frequent housing transitions and episodes of homelessness for some.
  • Outmigration of Working Age Adults From 2000 – 2010, there has been a 26% decline in Barnstable County residents age 25 – 44 representing a net loss of nearly 15,000 young working age adults over a single decade. This trend creates an imbalance in the fabric of the community that could threaten the region’s economy and its diverse and dynamic culture.
  •  Mental HealthDepression and anxiety among adults and children are of concern as evidenced by high rates of suicide and alcohol abuse in adults, and increasing numbers of children needing services. The stigma of mental illness, the shortage of psychiatric providers, and the lack of integration with primary care are key factors that hinder access to mental health care in Falmouth and on the Cape.
  • Substance AbuseThe abuse of legal and illegal drugs is an area of concern for residents of Barnstable County. Alcohol abuse remains an endemic problem in our community.  Prescription medication (opiate) dependence is on the rise, as well as the abuse of heroin and marijuana.  Overdose and death rates are increasing at alarming rates with devastating impacts on families and our community.  Numerous challenges include limited availability of detox and treatment options, limited detection of substance abuse in the primary care setting, difficulty navigating existing services, and the increased use of marijuana.
  • Other Support ServicesAdditional challenges remain in our community that have an impact on the quality of life of Falmouth residents. Some examples include: affordable legal consultation and advocacy, domestic violence prevention, public transportation, racial and ethnic diversity and equality, isolation of elders, vulnerability of young adults age 15 – 24; systemic underemployment, and living wages.

As a result of these findings, the Human Services Committee proposes to consolidate the human service funds for the Town of Falmouth to address these 5 identified areas of unmet needs in our community.  The Committee will utilize a 3-year, cyclical, competitive, Request for Proposals process to solicit applications from non-profit entities and/or partnerships to address these needs. Each year in the 3 year cycle, a competitive RFP will be released for the purpose of addressing 1 or 2 of those identified areas of need.

In FY 2018, The Human Services Committee has been recommended $20,000 for each of the following need areas:

  1. Homeless Prevention 
  2. Reduction of the Out-migration of Working Age Adults

Funds are intended to stimulate new initiatives outside the scope of existing programs and services. The contracts resulting from this Request for Proposals shall cover the fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) with the potential for renewal for up to 2 additional years if deliverables and benchmarks are achieved and funds are appropriated by town meeting in the next fiscal year’s operating budget.

Request for Proposals FY 2018 and appendices  a-b-c-d

Deadline for submission of proposals is February 24, 2017

 

The agencies/non-profit organizations that are currently receiving Human Services funds from the Town of Falmouth for FY 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) are:

  • AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod & Islands $2,500
  • Independence House $10,000
  • South Coastal Counties Legal Services $4,800
  • Cape Abilities $3,700
  • Sight Loss Services $1,500
  • Substance Abuse Commission $8,000
  • Gosnold, Inc. $16,200
  • Community Health Center $7,000
  • Homeless Prevention – Housing Assistance Corp. $20,000
  • Outmigration of Working Age Adults – Cape Cod Young Professionals $14,000
  • Outmigration of Working Age Adults – Falmouth Service Center $6,000

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