AG’s Office, MOVA, BPHC and One Fund Boston Launch Collaborative to Continue Addressing Needs of Survivors and Victims’ Families
Hotline will Coordinate Access to a Variety of Resources and Support
BOSTON – In an effort to continue addressing the ongoing needs of those impacted by the Boston Marathon attack, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA), the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), One Fund Boston and Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Victim Services Division will join forces and launch a Collaborative on Monday, August 5 to offer the services of trained specialists to help victims and their families in identifying and accessing programs available to meet their unique needs.
The Collaborative will provide a hotline reachable at (855) 617-3863 that will be staffed by individuals trained specifically to assist those impacted by the attack on the Boston Marathon and the days that followed. This phone number along with plans to co-locate specialists in one office will limit the need for victims to call many different places seeking assistance.
“The attack on the Boston Marathon impacted the lives of hundreds of victims and their families and it is our responsibility to make sure they are provided the services they need not just now but in the future as well,” AG Coakley said. “This new joint partnership will help ensure that these families are not left alone on their long path to a full recovery.”
“Our city is strong because our people are strong and we must continue to support those whose lives have changed forever because the courage they have shown us throughout this most tragic time is inspiring and has helped our city heal more than they know – it is our duty to help them heal too,” Mayor Thomas Menino said. “Thank you to all of our partners, those most generous donors and volunteers in stepping up to the plate to assist these families in a seamless and less stressful manner as we try and continue to make their lives a little easier.”
“We are working diligently to create a mechanism to deliver services and resources to the victims of the Bombing in the years to come,” said MOVA Executive Director Liam Lowney. “The collaborative announced today will ensure victims need only call one place to address their immediate needs while we build a more permanent solution.”
Beginning August 5, this new Collaborative will last at least six months as a formal assessment of the long term needs of victims is conducted and a permanent service delivery mechanism is established. The Collaborative, coordinated through MOVA in partnership with BPHC, One Fund Boston, and the AG’s office, will help meet individual needs by connecting them with requested services such as medical, mental and behavioral health, housing, employment, financial planning and insurance programs. Any victim with questions about resources and services available to them can call and be connected with a trained professional.
Families of the deceased victims and anyone who suffered physical, emotional or financial injury as a direct result of the April 15 bombing or surrounding events in Cambridge and Watertown are eligible for the services.
One Fund Boston intends to continue supporting those most affected by the attacks through events, support groups, and other ways identified as helpful for their future success over the longer term. One Fund Boston will work to establish this longer term operating model through communication with the survivors and families in a manner that will provide for a productive transition from a victim relief fund to a service and support network.