Human Services Department

        Community Social Worker
        
    Rachel Nenner-Payton, MSW, LICSW                     
        (617) 796-1420 
        rnenner-payton@newtonma.gov

        Director of Youth Services 
        Jenny O’Higgins, MA
        (617) 796-1436
        johiggins@newtonma.gov

    For Suicide Prevention and Mental Health information, please visit www.newtonma.gov/newtoncares 

    The City of Newton
    offers online mental health screenings at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/NEWTON. 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
    agencies
    • Education and support

    CRISIS OR EMERGENCY INTERVENTION
    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

    ASSISTING INCOME-ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS
    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

    FUEL ASSISTANCE

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

    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.

     QUICK COMMUNITY LINKS

    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

     UPCOMING EVENTS


    Click Here for more information!

    Upcoming Youth Commission Meetings: 
        - November 12, 2014
        - December 10, 2014

    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:
        - October 22, 2014 - Health and Human Services office in City Hall 5:30-7
        - October 29, 2014 - Health and Human Services office in City Hall 5:30-7
        - November 12, 2014 - Senior Center dining room 345 Walnut Street 5-6:30

    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.

     

    QUICK YOUTH LINKS 

        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