Community Partnerships

Duffy Health Center’s success in helping those most vulnerable across Cape Cod is built upon the partnerships we forge in the community and the innovative solutions we provide.

Watch our video to see how Duffy Health Center empowers individuals as they journey to health, hope and home.


Programs & Collaborations

Housing First

In 2006, Duffy received the first Cape-based award to adapt this national model. Housing First provides stable housing as a first step in services for homeless individuals. By eliminating the chaos of homelessness, Housing First participants are able to more effectively address underlying behavioral health and medical issues. Housing First is an evidence-based practice and has been a factor in national and state funding shifts away from emergency shelters and towards permanent, supportive housing models. At Duffy, case management staff work with local public and private housing authorities as well as many private landlords who value the case management support that help people achieve and maintain successful tenancies. Housing First has resulted in a decrease in risk behaviors and utilization of public services and increased positive connections to preventive health services and to the community.

In from the Streets

In from the Streets began in 2005 as a community-based response to homelessness. When the program expanded to become a regional initiative, Duffy Health Center was asked to administer this program, which has assisted hundreds of individuals since its inception. This program offers temporary motel subsidies and multi-agency case management to persons experiencing homelessness. By diversion from shelter, In From the Streets offers case management services and an initial step towards permanent housing, special programs, and a return to the community.

Outreach on Main Street, Hyannis 

Duffy Health Center has been a leader in developing a practical response to concerns of business owners and residents regarding individuals who had a perceived negative presence on Main Street, Hyannis. Working closely with the local police and human service agencies, Duffy teamed with a coordinated system of addressing the most visible individuals in need of services. Outreach is an effective engagement tool for encouraging people to come in out of the woods and off the streets. 

Bridge Program

With additional funding from our federal Health Care for the Homeless grant, Duffy partnered with Cape Cod Healthcare to create a bridge team of clinical and support staff to connect patients leaving inpatient mental health care to community-based care. Our data show that 90% of these patients connect to Duffy services post-discharge. 

Regional Network to End Homelessness

Duffy is an active participant and an executive member of the Cape & Islands Regional Network to End Homelessness. The Regional Network serves the communities of Barnstable County, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Over 35 groups participate to create a network of homeless services providers, non-profit agencies, private businesses, housing developers, public housing authorities, representatives from local, county, and state government, faith-based communities, and formerly homeless persons.

Cape and Vineyard Community Health Center Network

This informal network of five federally qualified health centers serves over 40,000 residents of the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. Advocating for the health of the under-served, the Network members seek to develop coordinated responses to reducing health disparities in our communities. Over the past several years, the Network has developed several regional health initiatives including depression screening, diabetes care for minority patients, a Specialty Network for the Uninsured, medication assisted treatment services, and practice transformation support.

Other Partnerships

Duffy leaders also serve on the Behavioral Health Provider Coalition of Cape Cod & Islands which hosts an annual summit, and the Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council which leads treatment and prevention efforts. As a leader in providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services to low-income individuals, Duffy staff are frequently sought out for their expertise and as planning partners. 

Supporting Grants 

Duffy Health Center has received recognition and funding support from diverse agencies including:

  • U.S. Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA)

  • U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • MA Dept. of Public Health (MA DPH)

  • MA Dept. of Mental Health (MA DMH)

  • MA Bureau of Substances Abuse Services (BSAS)

  • MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)

  • MassDevelopment

  • Neighborhood Health Plan

  • Cape & Islands United Way

  • Cape Cod Healthcare

  • Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust

  • Cape Cod Foundation

  • Eastern Bank

  • Tower Foundation

  • Town of Barnstable

  • Town of Brewster

  • Town of Chatham

  • Town of Harwich

  • Town of Truro

  • Town of Sandwich

  • Town of Yarmouth