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Duffy Health Center One of Only Twenty Agencies Nation-wide to Receive Major Federal Grant

Press Release
For Immediate Release


Duffy Health Center has been awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for $324,321 per year for three years to expand their intensive case management program and strengthen the infrastructure on Cape Cod to address the substance use treatment issues for persons who are unstably housed.

One of only twenty agencies across the country and one of two in Massachusetts, to receive this extremely competitive funding, Duffy will use its integrated model of care to work with an additional 180 chronically homeless people over the three year grant period. The focal point for services will include benefits assessment and enrollment, case management services and permanent housing. It is anticipated that three additional positions will be created through the funding.

A highlight of the grant is the convening of a consortium of Cape based agencies to strengthen partnerships and referral relationships, and help expand the use of evidence-based practice. The consortium will include Cape Cod Healthcare Emergency Center, Barnstable County Correctional Facility, Mass. Department of Mental Health, Vinfen, Homeless Not Hopeless, Gosnold on Cape Cod, Housing Assistance Corporation, and the Community Action Committee of the Cape & Islands.

"Receiving this federal grant is recognition of the fine work human service agencies do together to house people who have been homeless for long periods of time- improving their quality of life and quality of life for all of us on Cape Cod.” states Heidi Nelson, Duffy’s Chief Executive Officer. “We will continue to build on that reputation with additional training and linkages between agencies serving persons with addictions.’

Research continues to show that people experiencing homelessness have higher rates of substance abuse, mental health issues, physical, legal and medical problems than those with permanent housing. Duffy’s new funding is intended to reach the most difficult amongst the Capes homeless population and provide them an opportunity to break the cycle of helplessness and despair.