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.

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.  

Legislation

MGL Chapter 52, Section 66, Chapter 10 – Victims of Drunk Driving Trust Fund (Please click here for a web link for the full text):

This law establishes a separate fund known at the Drunk Driving Trust fund, consisting of monies paid to the courts (MGL Ch. 90, Section 24).  The Victim Witness Assistance Board (VWAB) is required to submit a report detailing the amount of funds collected and expended from the fund, along with a copy of the written criteria to expend the funds to the House and Senate committees on ways and means, no later than August 15 of each calendar year.  In conjunction with the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse and the Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the VWAB shall develop written criteria for the awarding of grants another funding allocations, which shall be evaluated and, if necessary, revised on an annual basis.

Enables the VWAB/MOVA to:

  • Administer grants from the fund
  • May award them to community-based programs and public agencies in the Commonwealth
  • Allow service agencies to provide counseling and support services to victims, witnesses, and their family members of crashes cause by persons driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

MGL Chapter 90, Section 24. (1) (a) (1) (Please click here for a web link for the full text):

In summary, this law establishes an assessment of $50.00 against a person, who is convicted, placed on probation, granted a continuance without a finding or admits to sufficient facts for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or under the influence of marijuana, narcotics drugs, depressants, or stimulant substances.

The assessment shall not be waived by the court for any reason.  The monies collected pursuant to the fees shall be transmitted monthly by the courts to the state treasurer who shall deposit, invest, and transfer the monies into the Victims of Drunk Driving Trust Fund, established in section 66 of said chapter 10.

Fees paid by an individual into the Drunk Driving Trust Fund shall be in addition to, not in lieu of, any other fee imposed by the court pursuant to this chapter or any other chapter.

2015 Drunk Driving Trust Fund - Request for Grant Applications

The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance has issued a Drunk Driving Trust Fund (DDTF) Request for Grant Applications (RGA).  The anticipated due date for applications is Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

2015 DDTF RGA

MOVA is seeking to fund Victim Services (VS) programs and Prevention, Education, and Training service (PET) programs.  This request for grant applications will serve as the mechanism to solicit grant applications. VS and PET programs will be reviewed and awarded as individual programs.

Format
Several of the documents are fillable PDF forms.  If you do not have the latest version of ADOBE Reader please visit http://get.adobe.com/reader/ for the latest update.  

Posting
In addition to this website the necessary application materials have been posted on the Commonwealth’s online procurement system Commbuys (www.commbuys.com).  

To locate the bid:

  • Select “Contract & Bid Search”
  • Select “Bids”
  • Under “Organization” select the drop down, locate “1111 – Victim & Witness Assistance Board”
  • Select “Find it”
  • The RGA should be the first item on the list under Bid Number - BD-15-1111-1111C-1111L-00000001680
  • The necessary file attachments (5) should be downloaded directly from this page

Should you have any questions or difficulty locating the posting, please contact Daniel Cooper at daniel.cooper@state.ma.us

Eligible Applicants

Both VS and PET applicants are eligible to apply for grants if:
Applicant must be either community-based programs or public agencies in the Commonwealth that have a history of providing victims services or efforts to prevent, educate, or train involved parties related to OUI crimes. Have the commitment and support for any application, as well as the financial backing, of their Board of Directors or corresponding Leadership.

The duration of this contract will be for 12 months from January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 with an option to renew.

Technical Assistance

A non-mandatory bidders’ conference has also been scheduled for applicants interested submitting an application(s).  The bidders’ conference will be held Monday, October 20, 2014 from 9:30 -11:30 at the Saltonstall building conference rooms C and D.  The Saltonstall building is located at 100 Cambridge Street, Boston.

If you are interested in attending, this event and should you require accommodations please send an RSVP to Daniel.cooper@state.ma.us.

Documents

Documents and Forms for Currently Funded DDTF Programs

For General Questions about DDTF

Please contact Daniel Cooper, Director of Grants Management at Daniel.Cooper@state.ma.us

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

Currently Funded DDTF Programs