• Antiterrorism Emergency Assistance Program Grant

    MOVA obtained funding from the Antiterrorism Emergency Assistance Program Grant (AEAP) administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).  This funding will provide long-term support services for victims and witnesses of the Boston Marathon bombings and events that followed during the pursuit and apprehension of the suspects.  It is important to acknowledge that these funds are not intended for direct cash assistance, but rather to develop and sustain direct victim services such as legal, social, employment, educational and mental health needs of all victims and witnesses.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Disaster Distress Suicide Assessment and the SPRINT E A Free Two Day Training

    In January 2015, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) launched a new Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan designed to compensate clinicians on a ‘fee-for-service’ basis to serve survivors, families and first responders[i] impacted by the 2013 Marathon Boston Bombings[ii].  To help launch this new initiative, MOVA is sponsoring a free, two-day training for Behavioral Health Clinicians (including LMHC, LCSW, FMT, PhD, PsyD, MD) March 28 & 29, 2015.  Participation in the training will help ensure clinician eligibility to participate in the Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan. All clinicians willing to serve this victim population, who are scattered across the state, are invited to attend.


    • Attendees must have 5 years of clinical experience, can include up to two years of internship.
    • Attendees must be licensed to practice independently or work with an agency and/or practice that is authorized to practice.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post Disaster Distress
    Dr. Jessica Hamblen[iii], the Deputy Director for Education at the National Center for PTSD, along with her colleague, Juliette Mott, will lead an intensive two day training focused on addressing the behavioral health aftermath of human-caused violence using real life examples related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Dr. Hamblen is the principal author of a 12-session cognitive behavioral intervention for post-disaster distress that has been used following national and international disasters including the attack on World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina.  

    Basic Suicide Assessment and Use of the “Sprint E” Diagnostic Tool
    Dr. April Naturale[iv], the architect of MOVA’s Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan, will lead two short training modules: Administration of the SPRINT E (a disaster-specific diagnostic tool) and Basic Suicide Assessment.

    Dates/Time:  Saturday, March 28th & Sunday, March 29th; 9am-5pm each day**
    Location:  Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, One Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
    To register:  Please visit https://movacbtmarch2015.eventbrite.com                 
    Registration is mandatory.  Deadline for registration is March 5, 2015
    Cost:  Free (A cost benefit of $750)   

    For additional information: Please contact Susan Vickers Susan.Vickers@state.ma.us

    Registration is limited to 60 participants ■ Free parking is available ■ All facilities are handicap accessible Complimentary coffee, tea, and water will be provided.  ■ Participants are invited to bring their own lunch and refreshments ■   For directions, go to: http://www.mspp.edu/about/location/directions.php 

    If you are a program director who has questions regarding the training or participating in the MOVA behavioral health program, please contact Susan Vickers at Susan.Vickers@state.ma.us

    CBT Training March 2015  pdf format of CBT Training March 2015

    At the end of the training, participants will received a signed Certificate of Participation and will be asked to commit to submitting an application to MOVA to become a registered provider (See below MSA FACT Sheet) and be commit to being open to taking at least one client via the program in the coming year.

    MSA Fact Sheet  docx format of MSA Fact Sheet

  • Notice of Intent to Award Funds to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

  • The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has Released a Request for Response (RFR): Boston Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Services Outreach and Education Campaign

    The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released a Request for Response (RFR) seeking an agency or agencies to provide professional development and implementation of an Outreach and Education Campaign designed to inform citizens of the effects of violent crime such as the Boston Marathon Bombing and subsequent services available through various media outlets and website development.  

    All documents can be found on COMMBUYS- www.commbuys.com/bso.   Select contract & Bid Search, click bids and find 111 – Victim &Witness Assistance Board under organization.  This procurement is listed as RFR 2015AEAPMC Boston Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Services Outreach and Education Campaign.

    Applications must be delivered to MOVA no later than January 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm.  There will be an optional conference call tentatively scheduled for December 29, 2014.  For more information or any questions regarding this solicitation please contact the procurement team leader at amy.lindquist@state.ma.us or 617-586-1362.

  • Request for Response to Join the Boston Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Master Service Agreement (MSA)

    MOVA has released a Request for Response to join the Boston Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Services Master Service Agreement (MSA).  Clinicians and providers who meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the RFR and wish to provide behavioral health services to victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing are encouraged to apply.

    All documents including the RFR and application are posted to COMMBUYS www.commbuys.com/bso/.  Click on ‘Contract & Bid Search’, then ‘Bids’ and find 1111-Victim & Witness Assistance Board from the organization drop down menu.  Click on the posting titled “RFR 2015AEAPMSA MOVA Boston Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Services Master Service Agreement.”

    MOVA will begin reviewing applications on December 19, 2014.  MOVA anticipates approximately 30 days for processing of complete applications and contracting.  Only those clinicians approved and added to the approved provider list are eligible to provide services and request reimbursement.  

    Any questions related to this RFR can be sent by email to the Procurement Team Leader, Amy Lindquist at amy.lindquist@state.ma.us.