For Immediate Release - April 28, 2017

Revised - Baker-Polito Administration Awards More than $34 Million in Annual Contracts

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $34 million in contracts annually for the next three years to 68 nonprofits to provide emergency shelter, crisis intervention, housing stabilization, and other services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

The grants are the first awards issued by the Department of Public Health (DPH) since the Baker-Polito Administration consolidated domestic violence funding from the Department of Children & Family Services (DCF) with DPH’s funding. The result was the creation of a public health framework around sexual and domestic violence services to aid survivors, with priority given to culturally tailored, geographically accessible programs that incorporate emerging best practices. Over the three-year period, the contracts will total $102 million.

``I am pleased our administration is able to offer these state contract awards to reach high-risk populations and underserved areas dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This funding will help ensure that all survivors of abuse in need of help can get it, regardless of where they live.”

``These contracts represent the Administration’s ongoing commitment to assisting children, youth, and adults who are survivors of sexual and domestic violence,’’ said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Chair of the of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. ``The extensive input from survivors, service providers, and other stakeholders helped form a forward-thinking selection process that promotes best practices and inclusion.’’

DPH has worked with DCF and collaborated with Jane Doe, Inc. to establish a set of guiding principles for applicants, maintaining a focus on the safety of children and families. Some 56 technical review teams spent two months evaluating and scoring nearly 300 funding applications in this year’s highly competitive process; 68 agencies have been chosen to receive three-year contracts.

“These contracts provide for a range of services, from emergency shelter and transitional housing to rape crisis counseling and intimate partner abuse education to support for children exposed to domestic violence and families affected by substance misuse and trauma,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. ``These services provide a comprehensive strategy to meet the needs of survivors.”

The agencies funded include a mix of existing and new service providers on the cutting-edge of developing innovative approaches to prevention, education, and supportive services for survivors. As a result of the procurement process:

  • Western Massachusetts will see a significant increase in funding to expand services and capacity
  • Services for children exposed to domestic violence will be expanded from 10 to 13 providers across the state
  • Culturally tailored services for people with disabilities will be developed
  • New services addressing the needs of black survivors of domestic and sexual violence, a population traditionally underserved in current sexual and domestic violence programming, will be developed
  • Services for the Haitian and South Asian communities will be expanded

In addition, the funding will double from three to six the number of attorneys available in the state to represent immigrants who are survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

``These contracts represent a huge step forward in bringing a public health perspective to the Commonwealth’s work around sexual and domestic violence,’’ said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. ``Based on our comprehensive review, we are confident these agencies will provide crucial support and services to survivors from populations that are more likely to be victims of sexual and/or domestic violence.’’

Among the agencies receiving state funding for the first time or significant increases are:

Region Vendor Comments
Berkshires Elizabeth Freeman Center
  • Total award of $1.5M annually
  • Represents approx. $340,000 increase
  • This will fund an expansion of services offered in the Berkshires, including community-based DV services
Hampshire County Safe Passage
  • Total award of approx. $770,000
  • Represents approx. $245,000 increase which will allow an expansion of general community-based DV services and Child Exposure to Violence services
South Shore DOVE Inc.
  • Total award of approx. $650,000
  • Represents approx. $297,000 increase to expand general community-based DV services and Child Exposure to Violence services
Hampshire County (Ware, Quaboag Hills region) Behavioral Health Network (new service provider under this award)
  • Total award of $150,000 for general community-based DV services, and launch of a new intimate partner violence intervention and prevention program (contract TBD)
Northeast YWCA of Greater Lawrence
  • Total award of $1.8 million
  • Represents approximately $170,000 increase in new housing stabilization funding to support six units of independent housing for women and their children transitioning from shelters.
Boston Brookview House (new service provider under this award)
Casa Myrna Vazquez
  • Total award of $150,000 to support new community-based program serving the needs of Black women survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Total award of $1.2 million
  • Represents approx. $180,000 increase to expand general community-based DV services.

Below is the complete list of contract recipients and their awards:

SDV Procurement Anticipated Awards*

(Bolded agencies are new providers in listed service category.)

Emergency Shelter

  • Alternative House
    $413,705.60
  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
    $413,705.60
  • Benevolent Fraternity of Unitarian Churches
    $215,671.20
  • Casa Myrna
    $827,411.20
  • DOVE
    $354,604.80
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc.
    $591,008.00
  • Elizabeth Stone House
    $295,504.00
  • FINEX House
    $472,806.40
  • HarborCOV
    $354,604.80
  • HAWC
    $413,705.60
  • Health Imperatives, Inc.
    $295,504.00
  • Independence House, Inc.
    $408,038.40
  • New Bedford Women's Center
    $591,008.00
  • New Hope
    $347,480.32
  • REACH
    $472,806.40
  • Respond, Inc.
    $354,604.80
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
    $354,604.80
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council/Voices Against Violence
    $354,604.80
  • Transition House, Inc.
    $531,907.20
  • Womanshelter/Companeras
    $413,705.60
  • YWCA of Central MA
    $768,310.40
  • YWCA of Greater Lawrence
    $236,403.20
  • YWCA of Western Mass
    $995,808.00

Domestic Violence, Substance Misuse and Trauma Shelter

  • New Bedford Women's Center
    $475,784.80

Housing Stabilization

  • Elizabeth Stone House
    $191,011.80
  • FINEX House
    $97,382.00
  • HarborCOV
    $238,728.25
  • Independence House, Inc.
    $127,341.20
  • New Bedford Women's Center
    $191,011.80
  • Second Step
    $127,341.20
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council/Voices Against Violence
    $97,382.00
  • The Network/La Red
    $317,480.80
  • YWCA of Greater Lawrence
    $191,011.80

Rape Crisis Centers

  • A Safe Place, Inc.
    $90,960.00
  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
    $846,616.00
  • Center for Hope & Healing, Inc.
    $288,060.00
  • Center for Women & Community, UMASS
    $235,964.00
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc.
    $302,340.00
  • Health Imperatives, Inc.
    $485,288.00
  • Independence House, Inc.
    $280,880.00
  • Martha's Vineyard Community Services
    $90,960.00
  • New Bedford Women's Center
    $304,720.00
  • New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
    $176,980.00
  • New Hope
    $274,920.00
  • Pathways for Change
    $519,832.00
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council/Voices Against Violence
    $265,120.00
  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
    $251,080.00
  • YWCA of Greater Lawrence
    $494,579.00
  • YWCA of Western Mass
    $382,104.00

General Community Based Domestic Violence Services

  • A Safe Place, Inc.
    $148,620.00
  • Alternative House
    $221,064.00
  • Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence
    $404,712.00
  • Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
    $148,620.00
  • Brookview House
    $148,620.00
  • Casa Myrna
    $327,348.00
  • DOVE
    $221,064.00
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc.
    $291,564.00
  • Elizabeth Stone House
    $255,024.00
  • Family & Community Resources, Inc.
    $255,024.00
  • HarborCOV
    $476,592.00
  • HAWC
    $364,572.00
  • Independence House, Inc.
    $327,348.00
  • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
    $291,564.00
  • Martha's Vineyard Community Services
    $148,620.00
  • New Bedford Women's Center
    $327,348.00
  • New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
    $291,564.00
  • New Hope
    $476,592.00
  • On the Rise, Inc.
    $183,648.00
  • REACH
    $327,348.00
  • Respond, Inc.
    $221,064.00
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
    $255,024.00
  • Saheli, Support and Friendship for South Asian Women and Families
    $148,620.00
  • Second Step
    $148,620.00
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council/Voices Against Violence
    $255,024.00
  • Southeast Family Services Inc - LOI South Shore Women's Resource Center
    $183,648.00
  • Spanish American Center
    $221,064.00
  • Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, Inc.
    $221,064.00
  • The Network/La Red
    $476,592.00
  • Western Massachusetts Training Consortium, Inc.
    $327,348.00
  • Womanshelter/Companeras
    $364,572.00
  • YWCA of Central MA
    $580,740.00
  • YWCA of Greater Lawrence
    $835,764.00
  • YWCA of Western Mass
    $364,572.00

Sexual and Domestic Violence Services for Communities Experiencing Inequities

  • Association of Haitian Women in Boston
    $103,944.00
  • Casa Myrna
    $69,612.00
  • Center for Hope & Healing, Inc.
    $51,972.00
  • Community Legal Aid
    $107,688.00
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc.
    $139,224.00
  • Family & Community Resources, Inc.
    $51,972.00
  • Greater Boston Legal Service
    $214,440.00
  • HarborCOV
    $36,192.00
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Journey to Safety
    $36,192.00
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
    $103,944.00
  • Metrowest Legal Services
    $214,440.00
  • Northeast Legal Aid
    $107,688.00
  • On the Rise, Inc.
    $19,488.00
  • Pathways for Change
    $69,612.00
  • Refugee & Immigrant Assistance Center
    $69,612.00
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
    $51,972.00
  • South Coastal Counties Legal Services
    $107,688.00
  • Womanshelter/Companeras
    $36,192.00

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

  • Boston Medical Center Corporation
    $66,672.00
  • Children's Charter, A Division of The Key Program
    $129,588.00
  • Community Health Link
    $129,588.00
  • DOVE
    $66,672.00
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc.
    $129,588.00
  • Family & Community Resources, Inc.
    $98,520.00
  • Independence House, Inc.
    $129,588.00
  • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
    $202,164.00
  • L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc.
    $66,672.00
  • Riverside Community Care
    $66,672.00
  • Safe Passage, Inc.
    $98,520.00
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council/Voices Against Violence
    $66,672.00
  • YWCA of Western Mass
    $98,520.00

Supervised Visitation Services

  • A Safe Place, Inc.
    $42,324.00
  • Alternative House
    $132,444.00
  • Children’s Services of Roxbury
    $132,444.00
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc.
    $112,644.00
  • Family & Community Resources, Inc.
    $364,860.00
  • Martha's Vineyard Community Services
    $70,320.00
  • New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
    $99,972.00
  • New Hope
    $132,444.00
  • Riverside Community Care
    $132,444.00
  • Seven Hills Behavioral Health
    $132,444.00
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council/Voices Against Violence
    $99,972.00
  • YWCA of Western Mass
    $212,616.00

Intimate Partner Abuse Intervention

  • Bay State Community Services
    $ TBD
  • Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
    $ TBD
  • Common Purpose, Inc.
    $ TBD
  • Eliot Community Human Services
    $ TBD
  • Emerge
    $ TBD
  • Family & Community Resources, Inc.
    $ TBD
  • Gandara Mental Health Center
    $ TBD
  • High Point
    $ TBD
  • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
    $ TBD
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
    $ TBD
  • New Hope
    $ TBD
  • Office of Community Corrections
    $TBD
  • ServiceNet
    $ TBD
  • Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    $ TBD
  • Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, Inc.
    $ TBD

*Dollar figures represent annual anticipated billing amounts — final awards will be subject to negotiations with selected vendors.

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