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Duffy Health Center to Focus on At-Risk Youth

Press Release
September, 2009

HYANNIS, MA – Terri Huff has been hired as Youth Services Planner for the Duffy Health Center for at-risk and homeless youth ages 18-24. Supported by a one year grant from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Ms. Huff will work with the Duffy Health Center staff and partnering agencies including several high schools, the Community College, MSPCC, MA Dept. of Children and Families, and Cape and Islands Gay and Straight Youth Association (CIGSYA).

“Since the economic downturn we have seen an increase in the number of 18-24 year olds needing Duffy’s services,” according to Claire Goyer, Executive Director of Duffy Health Center. “Most of these youth have experienced some kind of trauma or have been ‘throwaways.’ Even with a history of trauma, we know that developmentally, this age group offers us a window of opportunity to provide appropriate health care and psychosocial supports so that we can prevent future homelessness and achieve positive outcomes. Terri’s role is to develop a coordinated approach with the community so youth can easily access our services.”

Last year Duffy Health Center provided services for 315 homeless and at-risk young adults ages 18-24. Clients received medical care, mental health and addiction treatment and counseling as well as case management services and housing. While only 13% of Duffy’s total patient population, this age group represents over 37% of the clients in Duffy’s office-based opioid treatment program.

Ms. Huff brings over 20 years experience in employment skills training, new program development, and workforce education for this age group. She will continue in her role as a Community Planner and Career/Academic Advisor for Cape Cod Community College.