BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a collaborative between multiple government offices and organizations Tuesday to help victims of the Boston Marathon attack and their families find the help they need.
The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, One Fund Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission and Coakley's Victim Services Division will join forces for the collaborative onAugust 5 to offer the services of specialists to help individuals find and access programs to help meet their needs.
"The attack on the Boston Marathon impacted the lives of hundreds of victims and their families and it is our responsibility to make sure they are provided the services they need not just now but in the future as well," Coakley said. "This new joint partnership will help ensure that these families are not left alone on their long path to a full recovery."
The collaborative will have a hotline staffed by trained individuals and the experts will be in one office to limit the need for people impacted by the attack on the Boston Marathon and the days that followed to call multiple places to seek help.
The collaborative will last at least six months to formally assess the long-term needs of victims. At that time, a permanent service delivery mechanism will be established. The initiative will help individuals connect with services like mental and behavioral health, medical services, employment, housing, insurance programs and financial planning.
Families of the deceased victims and anyone who suffered emotional, physical or financial injury as a result of the April 15 bombing or surrounding events are eligible for the services.