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Duffy Health Center Receives Two Grants from the Health and Services Administration

Press Release
September, 2009

HYANNIS, MA – The Duffy Health Center in Hyannis was one of only two Massachusetts health centers who received funding for Behavioral Health expansion and one of only two Massachusetts health centers who received funding for Case Management expansion.

The two grants will support Duffy’s new “Connections” program, which is designed to streamline the ways in which clients will access Duffy staff and services. A total of four new staff members will be hired. Two new mental heath clinicians will provide brief screening, brief interventions, referrals, and treatment to clients at Duffy, as well as in community settings and community-based housing programs, including Duffy’s own housing programs. Two new case management staff will become the first point of contact for clients who walk into the clinic without appointments, ensuring that each person is triaged and treated in the most expedient manner.

“This is in total alignment with our mission” said Claire Goyer, Executive Director. “These two grants will allow us to provide more flexible support to Duffy clients; to provide active outreach to additional people who may need Duffy’s services and to connect with those who are unable to consistently make and keep their appointments.” Goyer added, “With this additional funding, we are poised to implement a more immediate and flexible system to serve as the link between receiving all necessary services, thus allowing us to help even more clients transition out of homelessness.”

Congressman Bill Delahunt also was pleased by the recent announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. He said, “Congratulations to Duffy Health Center on winning these grants to expand their services and outreach to the homeless community on Cape Cod. These grants recognize the success of Duffy’s strategy of taking services to the homeless where they are living, and providing ongoing case management to assist them with multiple health, behavioral health and housing issues.”