FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Outer Cape Town’s receive Barnstable County ARPA funds for a shared behavioral and public health consortium
June 2, 2023 (Eastham, MA) – The Towns of Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown are pleased to announce the award of $381,375 from Barnstable County for a shared Outer Cape Cod Behavioral and Public Health Consortium. This grant was made available under the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) from the United States Treasury. These funds were released to respond to the far-reaching public health and negative economic impacts of the pandemic.
The Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners, along with the members of the Assembly of Delegates and representatives from the U.S. Congressman Bill Keating, Senator Edward Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, met this week to award $5 million in ARPA grants to organizations across Cape Cod. The Outer Cape Cod Behavioral and Public Health Consortium was one of 110 letters of intent submitted, one of 40 invited to submit complete proposals, and one of the 20 finalists.
This initiative represents years of work and collaboration by the four-town health agents: Lezli Rowell, Town of Provincetown, Emily Beebe, Town of Truro, Hillary Greenberg-Lemos, Town of Wellfleet and Jane Crowley, Town of Eastham. The dedication of staff across the region, with the synergy of the collaboration with Outer Cape Community Solutions (OCCS), made this possible.
This grant will allow the four Outer Cape Towns to provide coordinated nursing, behavioral health, and other vital services, which will supplement existing services, address current gaps, and connect residents to services, to create region-wide support. This will be done through the formation of “OC Wellness”, a collaborative initiative aimed at promoting health, inclusivity, and community engagement to residents across all four towns. Look forward to more announcements from “OC Wellness” as the program takes shape.
More information on the Barnstable County ARPA Grants can be found at