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Following the attacks at the Boston Marathon, the strength and determination displayed by first responders, medical personnel, by-standers, and the entire community demonstrated exactly what it means to be Boston Strong.

The families and individuals affected have our continued support as we work together to recover from these tragic events. The Commonwealth has a number of resources available to those who want to help and those in need of assistance.

 

How to Help

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Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, to raise money to help families and individuals most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

Visit onefundboston.org to donate.

For Victims of Marathon Bombing

Please provide your contact information to The One Fund Boston if you were injured, had a family member injured, or had a family member killed, in the April 15, 2013 attack on Boston, or in the related events that followed. Resources are also available to assist any home or vehicle modifications needed to facilitate a patient’s rehabilitation. There will be an expedited process for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and their families.

Crisis Counseling and Support

Events of mass violence can trigger overwhelming feelings of anxiety, anger or fear. A number of resources have been identified to help families and individuals cope with the trauma, grief and aftermath of this incident.

Mass 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to direct you to community resources in your area.  The calls are always a confidential.

Federal Disaster Distress Helpline

Immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the aftermath of this tragedy is available. It is free, confidential, and multilingual services are available. Call: 1-800-985-5990, or Text TalkWithUs to 66746. Callers and texters are connected to trained and caring professionals from crisis counseling centers in the network. The helpline staff provides confidential counseling, referrals, and other needed support services.

In-Person Counseling Support

There are many in-person resources available. Individuals are encouraged to check with their employer’s Employee Assistance Program and/or personal physician for a referral to a behavioral health clinician. In many cases health insurers, including MassHealth, provide coverage for mental health support services.

For Businesses or Organizations

A spectrum of crisis counseling and mental health resources have mobilized to support and assist organizations or entities affected by the bombings and subsequent law enforcement actions. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, the American Red Cross, the Boston Public Health Commission, and others are working to coordinate support and assistance to any organization that requests it.

To request assistance for your organization or business:

In the City of Boston:
Mayor’s Help Line at 617-635-4500

Outside of Boston:
Riverside Community Care at 1-855-279-0632

Home Modifications

Sources of funding for Home and Vehicle Modifications:

  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program – Provides home modifications for eligible individuals needing entrance and egress of the home to go to work or to training. The funding cap is $12,000. MRC can also provide some technical assistance and consultation for non-VR eligible individuals.
  • Home Modification Loan Program – Provides up to $30,000 in loan funds for a homeowner with a disability or a family member with a disability to modify their primary residence. The program is income based and offers 0% or 3% loans. 0% loans are not paid back until the home is sold or transferred.
  • Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund – This Massachusetts Department of Public Health program assists families to bear the excessive financial burdens associated with the care of children with special health care needs and disabilities. Medically related home modifications are expenses eligible for reimbursement.
  • Assistive Technology Loan Program – Provides a low interest loan (3.75%) for eligible individuals to purchase a driver’s evaluation, training and cost of vehicle and modifications. This MRC Program is administered by Easter Seals in partnership with Sovereign Bank.

Assistance for Veterans

Mobile Vet Centers

Five Mobile Vet Centers and staff, in collaboration with the Mass Department of Veterans Services, Riverside Community Care, Mass Rehab Commission, Boston Public Health, Boston Veterans Services, and Watertown Veterans Services, have deployed into the Boston area to provide access to VA services as well as provide readjustment counseling to any veteran and family. Mobile Vet Centers and staff are also providing services to first responders in the Boston area. Each vehicle is staffed by the following VA staff: Vet Center Outreach Worker and Counselor, VA Medical Center staff, and VBA staff all who can provide information, referral, and access to all VA services. VA's community partners are also available on the Mobile Vet Centers to provide anyone with information about available local services.

Vet Center Combat Call Center

The VA's Vet Center Program operates a Combat Call Center at 1-877-WAR-VETS. This is an around the clock confidential call center where combat veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issues they are facing, following the events of April 15, 2013. The staff is comprised of combat veterans from several eras as well as family members of combat veterans.

  • All services are prepaid through the veteran’s military service.
  • Veterans do not need to be enrolled with the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers to use a Vet Center.
  • Veterans do not need a disability rating or service connection for injuries from either the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Department of Defense to use a Vet Center.
  • No information will be released to any person or agency without the written consent from the veteran, except in circumstances averting a crisis.

MassHealth Resources:

MassHealth has a temporary dedicated line for those impacted by the Boston Marathon attacks, and their families. Call 617-847-3468.

No matter what program you apply for, we’ll act on your application promptly. MassHealth is here to help you. 

For more information:   A Special Message for Those Impacted by the Boston Marathon Attacks pdf format of    A Special Message for Those Impacted by the Boston Mara  doc format of A Special Message for Those Impacted by the Boston Mara

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened and DeafBlind Resources

Massachusetts’s Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing listing of services and supports available for people who have hearing loss. These are a variety of resources for coping with hearing loss as a result of damaged eardrum or an acquired traumatic hearing loss, including resources on assistive technology, independent living and case management.

Assistance for Tax Filers

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue will grant automatic extensions of time until July 15, 2013 for certain tax filings and payments normally required to be made by affected taxpayers on April 16, 2013. Affected taxpayers include all individual taxpayers living in Suffolk County and all other Massachusetts personal income tax filers and business and corporate taxpayers whose income or corporate excise filings and payments were adversely impacted by the explosions on April 15, 2013.

Taxpayers whose filings and payments were adversely impacted by the explosions may include those whose tax preparers or availability of needed records were directly impacted by the explosions. The extension is automatic and taxpayers need not seek prior approval if they file electronically. Taxpayers who file a paper return or extension should mark at the top in red ink “Boston Marathon 2013.”

Other Resources

Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope after a Disaster or Traumatic Event
This fact sheet helps parents and teachers recognize and address problems in children and teens affected by the trauma after an act of violence. It describes signs of stress reactions that are common in young trauma survivors at different ages, and offers tips on how to help.

Tips for Survivors of a Traumatic Event: Managing Your Stress
This tip sheet outlines the common signs of stress after a disaster and provides stress reduction strategies.

Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress: A Guide for Emergency Response and Public Safety Workers
This fact sheet gives organizational and individual tips for stress prevention and management for emergency response workers and public safety workers. It describes normal reactions to a disaster, signs of the need for stress management, and ways to handle stress.

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide
This guide provides more in-depth information on recovering from a traumatic event and is geared toward those whose reactions may be lingering.

American Red Cross’s Disaster Mental Health Services


This information is from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.