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Human Services Department

    Community Social Worker
Rachel Nenner-Payton, MSW, LICSW                     
    (617) 796-1420

    Director of Youth Services 
    Jenny O’Higgins, MA
    (617) 796-1436

For Suicide Prevention and Mental Health information, please visit 

The City of Newton
offers online mental health screenings at The screening is anonymous and confidential. After answering a few questions, the user will receive feedback, educational materials, and treatment resources if necessary.

The Community Social Worker provides the following
to Newton residents in need:

• Information and referrals
• Outreach services
• Connections with private, public and other city
• Education and support

When an emergency or crisis occurs, the Community
Social Worker may be able to refer or assist Newton
residents with: 
    • Emergency oil 
    • Utility shut-offs 
    • Evictions 
    • Emergency shelter 
    • Emergency food 
    • Financial assistance 
    • Legal referrals 
    • Mental health referrals for families and youth 
    • Domestic violence

The Community Social Worker can assist residents in
the application process and obtaining the proper
documentation to apply for: 
    • Food stamps 
    • Mass Health 
    • Housing 
    • Fuel assistance


The Health and Human Services Department is the intake site for the Fuel Assistance

This is a Federal program administered by Action for Boston Community
Development, Inc..

Fuel assistance is completed for the 2013-14 season. Information will be available in the fall about appointments for the winter 2014-15 season.


o Food Pantries
o Fuel Assistance
o Newton Community Life!

Newton Youth Services is here to:

    • Create and encourage communication about youth
         issues and problems
    • Assess needs and gaps in youth services in Newton
         and find resources/solutions to address them 
    • Inform community members about Newton resources
        and programs 
    • Create and implement avenues for youth voices to be 
        heard in our community 
    • Increase connections and collaborations among 
        organizations that currently provide youth services

For more details please visit the following links: 
    • Youth Commission 
    • Youth Services
    • Summer Youth Internships


  • Mayor's STEM Night - March 30th 6pm
  • Taking Care of Ourselves and Our Children - Last Session - April 6th 6:00-7:30pm
  • Stressed Teens - Last Session - April 6th 4:00-5:30pm
  • Improving Academic Effectiveness - April 9th 6:00-7:30pm
  • Teen Yoga - April 22nd 4-5:30pm
  • Resilient Parents, Resilient Teens - May 5th 7:00-8:30pm

Upcoming Youth Commission Meetings: 
    - April 8th
    - May 13th
    - June 10th
All Youth Commission Meetings are open to the public.
Click Here for more information about the
Youth Commission and Meeting Minutes.

Youth Applications to join the commission can be found here.
Adults interested in joining the Advisory Board please submit a resume.                                         

Upcoming Newton Teen Voices Meetings:

Newton Teen Voices meets at 5:30 every Wednesday. We meet in the Health and Human
Services Department in City Hall except the second Wednesday of each month when we meet at the Senior Center before Youth Commission meetings. Click Here for more
information about Newton Teen Voices.



    o Middlesex County Juvenile Court 
    o Middlesex County District Attorney 
    o Newton Community Life! 
    o Newton Public Schools 
    o Newton Police Department 
    o Newton Parks & Recreation 
    o Riverside Emergency Services 
    o Riverside Child & Family Services 
    o Youth Services Resource Guide 2013