New County Website on Behavioral Issues

computer screenBARNSTABLE –  The Barnstable County Human Services Department has put together an online compendium of services available to residents seeking help for behavioral issues.

The director of the agency, Beth Alpert, says the new resource, the Behavioral Health Website and Service Directory, pulls together area resources available in one convenient place.

“The website provides much needed information about behavioral health services in our region in a centralized and comprehensive way,” she said.

The resource is at the Barnstable County Human Services website at www.barnstable.ma.networkofcare.org/mh.

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“According to the Pew Research Internet Project, more than 61 percent of adults use the internet for health information and health decision making.” Albert added, “So we are very pleased to be the first county in Massachusetts to bring this dynamic web-based tool to our region. It not only connects people in need with agencies who provide services and supports, but it also allows community members to stay up-to-date on key behavioral health topics, legislation at the state and federal levels, and offers tailored self-help information.”

Key features of the website include:

• Comprehensive Service Directory that enables consumers to easily locate the local programs and services they need most;

• Quick reference to all local emergency and crisis intervention programs in the area;

• Access to more than 30,000 articles, fact sheets, and interactive tools; and

• Up-to-date information on the latest developments in behavioral health via an online learning center, daily nationwide news updates, advocacy tools, and state and federal legislation tracking.