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Human Services Department

    Community Social Worker
Rachel Nenner-Payton, MSW, LICSW                     
    (617) 796-1282

    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.

Newton's Case Managers provide 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, Case Managers
may be able to refer or assist Newton
residents with: 
    • Emergency oil 
    • Utility shut-offs 
    • Emergency shelter 
    • Emergency food 
    • Financial assistance 
    • Legal referrals 
    • Mental health referrals 
    • Domestic violence

The Case Managers can assist residents in
the application process and obtaining the proper
documentation to apply for: 
    • Food stamps 
    • Housing 
    • Fuel assistance


The Senior Center at 345 Walnut St. in Newtonville 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 2014-15 season. Information will be available for the winter 2015 heating season here.


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 Youth Commission Meetings: 
    - September 16th
    - October 14th 
    - November 18th
    - December 17th - Ed Center - Youth Leadership Training
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 from 5:30-7 on Wednesdays. We meet in the Health and Human Services Department in City Hall
Click Here for more information about Newton Teen Voices. Please join our Facebook group if you are a teen who is interested or email the Youth Services Director.



    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