The Victims of Drunk Driving Trust Fund was enacted on March 8, 2002. According to the enabling statute, anyone who is convicted, placed on probation, granted a continuance without a finding, pleads guilty to, or admits to a finding of sufficient facts for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor, marijuana, narcotic drugs, depressants or stimulant substances is subject to an assessment of $50. Courts collect this assessment, which is not subject to waiver for any reason. The state treasurer is the custodian of the fund and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is charged with awarding and administering grants from this fund.
Grants are awarded annually to several community-based programs in the Commonwealth to provide free services such as individual and or group counseling, crisis intervention, case management and advocacy for victims of crashes caused by persons driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Any program interested in applying for funding should email MOVA to determine their eligibility and the availability of funds.
DDTF Program and Funding Guidelines
In the fall of 2002, in accordance with the requirement of the Drunk Driving Trust Fund enabling statute, MOVA met with representatives of the Massachusetts Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse to establish criteria for the distribution of these funds to service providers. In the fall of 2003, the first year of DDTF funds distribution, MOVA awarded several 9-month grants.
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For more information, please contact the Director of Grants Management & Program Resources by E-mail or by phone at (617) 586-1340.