The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) has released the FY2017 Drunk Driving Trust Fund Prevention, Education and Training Request for Grant Applications (RGA) Open-Bid. An intent to apply form is due Friday, March 4th, 2016 at 5:00pm.

COMMBUYS, www.commbuys.com/bso, the Commonwealth’s Procurement system will be utilized for posting the application, questions, and ultimately the awards related to this procurement.  Although COMMBUYS registration is not required, any interested applicant considering applying for DDTF funds is encouraged to register on COMMBUYS as a “Seller”.  Information regarding registration and training can be found at: http://www.COMMBUYS/training-and-registration.html.

To access the DDTF bid, click on ‘Contract & Bid Search’, search for ‘bids’, using ‘any of the search criteria’, select ‘1111-Victim and Witness Assistance Board’ as the organization, and click ‘find it’.

This procurement is open to agencies seeking funding for Prevention, Education and Training (PET) programs through the Drunk Driving Trust Fund (DDTF). PET programs will focus on providing information that will help to prevent OUI from occurring; educate various target audiences about the dangers and consequences of OUI; and train personnel who will be involved in responding to OUI in some capacity.  DDTF awards are traditionally awarded on a one-year funding cycle. All grant awards are made by the Victim Witness Assistance Board. 

Timeline
February 18, 2016            Anticipated Date, Release of Request for Grant Applications on COMMBUYS
February 25th, 2016         Bidders’ Conference (Non-mandatory)
                                         Webinar
March 4th, 2016               Intent to Apply Form due
March 18th, 2016             Deadline to submit written questions regarding RGA
                                        Answers to question will be posted on COMMBUYS and www.mass.gov/mova on or before March 23, 2016
March 31st, 2016             Grant Submission Deadline 3:00 p.m.
May 18, 2016                  Pending Victim and Witness Assistance Board Meeting Schedule: Vote on DDTF awards
July 1, 2016                     Start date for DDTF PET grant
June 30, 2017                  End date for DDTF PET grant

Note:  Timeline is subject to change at the discretion of MOVA and/or the Victim and Witness Assistance Board.

To register for the bidders' conference, please visit the following link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8311679357406631681

For further information, please contact the Procurement Team Leader at kristin.potrikus@state.ma.us.  In order to abide by the Commonwealth’s Procurement Policies and Procedures, only written questions will be permitted.

Purpose of the Drunk Driving Trust Fund

DDTF funding is intended to provide services that directly assist victims, witnesses, and their family members and will aid the needs of victims of impaired/OUI driving incidents.  Services include, but are not solely limited to, advocacy, support, and counseling. Prevention, education, and training activities are also considered allowable activities.

OUI related offenses are not limited to cars, any motor vehicle such as a boat or motor cycle counts. Fees assessed to offenders are assessed to all OUI incidents whether a victim was involved or not.

Services funded by the DDTF are meant solely for victims of OUI related crimes and incidents.  To be eligible for services under the Drunk Driving Trust Fund, a victim must have been involved in an Operating Under the Influence incident (MGL Ch. 90 Section 24 “Driving While Under Influence…”) and either be a resident of Massachusetts or the incident must have occurred in Massachusetts.  A criminal charge is not necessary for a victim to be eligible for services.  

History

The Drunk Driving Trust Fund (DDTF) was created by Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 52 of the Acts of 2002, which enacted Section 66 of Chapter 10 and changed Section 24(1)(a)(1) of Chapter 90 of the MGL (see I. INTRODUCTION, C. Drunk Driving Trust Fund, ii.  Legislation).  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 winter of 2003, MOVA contacted other states’ service providers to this victim population to gather information that was used to help inform these guidelines.  Awards were first made in 2004 and are currently procured on an annual basis.

The governing statute was most recently updated in July 2012.  These updates allow the Victim and Witness Assistance Board to approve grant funds for awards to community-based programs and public agencies in the Commonwealth to provide counseling, advocacy, and support services to victims, witnesses, and their family members of crashes caused by persons driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  The Board, at their discretion, may also permit the allocation of funds for the purpose of impaired driving prevention, education, and training services.

Currently Funded DDTF Programs

Please contact Kristin Potrikus, Grants Program Specialist at kristin.potrikus@state.ma.us or 617-586-1342. 

For Questions about DDTF Legislation & Policy, please contact Christopher Klaskin at Christopher.Klaskin@state.ma.us