The mission of the Massachusetts Resiliency Center as well as our approach to promoting resiliency was developed based upon the needs of the community of survivors. Our goals were developed with input from physicians, mental health and trauma specialists, and going forward will be informed by an established Victim Advisory Panel. We are committed to offering high quality, culturally competent, evidence-based information and programming to survivors to promote healing and resiliency.
About The Center
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center is the first survivor-oriented organization of its’ kind in the nation. This center was specifically created to provide a safe, welcoming space for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing to heal and stay in touch with one another; a virtual hub for a widely dispersed community whose lives have been impacted by the tragic events of April 15th and the events that followed in the apprehension of the suspects.
The approach of the Massachusetts Resiliency Center is a holistic one. Our center provides a survivor informed, strength based approach to recovery and resilience.
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center utilizes nationally recognized expertise in “resilience-oriented, behavioral health disaster response” services that are the gold standard in helping survivors adapt to their “new normal.” Our intent is to assist in the unique needs of survivors by presenting a single-point-of-entry model of service delivery.
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center is comprised of individuals and collaborators working together to offer a multi-disciplinary, trauma-informed network, all with the common objective of supporting survivors and facilitating healing, recovery and overall resiliency.
Who We Serve
At the Massachusetts Resiliency Center “Survivor” or “Victim” is defined as a person or persons who were physically injured or killed, their immediate family members, those who physically experienced the event or its immediate aftermath, including those in the immediate vicinity of the bombing, those surrounding the scene, professionals and non-professionals who tended to the wounded, or were involved in the subsequent apprehension of suspects or any other individual, whom by virtue of their unique experience or prior trauma history, would be triggered or impacted by these events.
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center supports all victims and witnesses of the events of April 15th regardless of the type, degree, and severity of the injury sustained.
Survivor Advisory Panel
The Survivor Advisory Panel is essential to the success of the Massachusetts Resiliency Center. The Massachusetts Resiliency Center values, affirms, and encourages survivors to have a voice in the development of the Centers’ mission and goals. We recognize that victim/survivor autonomy and empowerment is a key component to resilience. By initiating and supporting the efforts of the Advisory Panel, we will ensure the focus of the Massachusetts Resiliency Center will always remain about survivors and for survivors.
The Advisory Panel is made up of self-identified survivors, family members, caregivers, and first responders who are willing to make a commitment to a minimum one year term on the Panel. The Panel meets monthly at The Resiliency Center.
Boston Bar Association
Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts
Cambridge Health Alliance (Victims of Violence Program)
Medical Legal Partnership – Boston
The Trauma Center at JRI
William James College
Additional Partners Through Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA):
Boston Medical Center
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center is a program of Boston Medical Center.
Boston Medical Center is an extraordinary community of health care providers devoted to the proposition that every person, regardless of his or her social or economic circumstances, deserves the best health care.
Our mission is simple: to provide exceptional care, without exception.
BMC provides superior, comprehensive care in virtually every medical specialty. Our physicians are leaders in their fields with the most advanced medical technology at their fingertips and a highly-skilled nursing and professional staff working with them side-by-side. No matter who you meet at BMC – from the x-ray technologist to the critical care nurse, the admissions staff to the chief of surgery – all are committed to providing top-notch care to every patient and family member with respect, warmth and compassion.
Located in Boston’s historic South End neighborhood, BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 482-bed, academic medical center and the primary teaching affiliate for Boston University School of Medicine. Consistent with its mission to provide the best in health care to all, BMC is the largest safety net hospital in New England and reaches into the community as a founding partner of Boston HealthNet, a network of 15 community health centers through Boston serving more than a quarter million people annually.
By combining a commitment to uncompromising excellence with a commitment to caring for those most in need, BMC has become a national model of care, and caring, for all. - See more at: About BMC
The Center for Multicultural Mental Health (CMMH) is located at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and is affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). Boston Medical Center is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) urban safety net hospital located at the crossroads of urban revitalization and urban poverty in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts. Committed to "providing exceptional care without exception", BMC serves Boston's poorest neighborhoods, which are predominately minority and where many suffer from poor health and mental health.
The programs of the CMMH provide training, support and clinical services in the culturally competent practice of community-based mental health services and inpatient services to the residents of Boston and the surrounding communities. CMMH includes: The Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP), an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship training program and the Institute for Multicultural Practice and Research (IMPAR), which is a multicultural research and behavioral health services program.
The services of CMMH have historically been provided primarily to a racially and ethnically diverse, urban, poor population. This target population is at increased risk for mental health problems, substance use disorders and poorer health outcomes. Currently, CMMH provides services (i.e. assessment/diagnosis, counseling, referral, training, and consultation) to community-based organizations throughout the city ranging from community health centers (providing health, substance abuse and mental health services), to houses of worship, and recreation centers. Multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual doctoral-level, licensed psychologists and Pre-doctoral Psychology interns comprise the staff of CMMH.
The Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA) obtained funding from the Antiterrorism Emergency Assistance Program Grand (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 permitted 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 victim and witnesses.
MOVA is currently working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Statewide Head Injury Program, Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, Victim Compensation and Assistance Division, and The Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to provide services for survivors. Additional services, including legal, educational, and behavioral health services will be coming soon. MOVA Website
Frequently Asked Questions
Boston Medical Center (BMC) has been selected by the Massachusetts Office of Victims Assistance to manage the operations of a Massachusetts Resiliency Center to assist victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attacks. The Center began its operations in July 2014 and the following FAQ sheet was created to provide information about its ongoing plans and development and how to access services. Please call us at 1-(844)-Strong1 for more information.
WHAT IS THE MASSACHUSETTS RESILIENCY CENTER?
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center is a central resource hub to connect those impacted by the Boston Marathon attacks to a wide range of services available to assist in their recovery and to connect individuals with each other. Services including expert trauma, mental health, hearing loss, and other specialized rehabilitation services are available to individuals in or around their local communities or via technology (such as webinars and video/tele-conferencing) to ensure access to all services regardless of location. In addition to service delivery, at the heart of the Massachusetts Resiliency Center is our commitment to providing a place for victims/survivors to connect with each other.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ACCESS MASSACHUSETTS RESILIENCY CENTER SERVICES?
Massachusetts Resiliency Center services and activities are available free-of-charge to anyone impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings or the events that followed in the apprehension of the suspects including the families of those killed, individuals who were physically injured and their family members, individuals in the area of the bombing or events that followed in Cambridge and Watertown, who may have suffered trauma from witnessing or experience the events, professional and non-professional first responders, and others who by virtue of their unique history may have been triggered or traumatized by these events.
HOW CAN SERVICES BE ACCESSED?
Victim/Survivor Navigators will be available at the Massachusetts Resiliency Center located on 1208 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA. Parties interested in accessing services should call (844) STRONG1 (844-787-6641) to speak with a Navigator who can connect them with Massachusetts Resiliency Center staff and the broad network of specialized providers and services available in their local communities.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE IMPACTED BY THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS?
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center is the latest of approved services being administered by MOVA in response to the Boston Marathon bombing attacks. In addition to the center, counselling, behavioral health supports, traumatic brain injury services, and deaf and hard of hearing services have been created and are currently available. Interested individuals can be directed to resources beyond the Massachusetts Resiliency Center by calling (844) STRONG1 (844-787-6641) or by visiting MOVA’s website at www.mass.gov/mova.
HOW IS THE MASSACHUSETTS RESILIENCY CENTER FUNDED?
The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) secured funding from the Antiterrorism Emergency Assistance Program Grant (AEAP) administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Part of this funding, approximately 1.9 million is allocated for the Massachusetts Resiliency Center and will be distributed to support the Massachusetts Resiliency Center until spring of 2016.
What happens when the AEAP Grant funding is no longer available?
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center in collaboration with Boston Medical Center, are actively developing a sustainability plan to seek additional funding resources to keep its doors open and continue this essential service of supporting victims of crime and promoting resilience.
I am a victim of the Boston Marathon Bombings but do not live in Massachusetts. Who can I contact for referrals to services in my home state?
Through the funding of the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) Grant, The Massachusetts Resiliency Center is connected to local, state, and national resources. If you need assistance identifying a referral or resource in your area, please contact one of our navigators who will assist you. In addition, the Massachusetts Resiliency Center will be offering remote and web based communication and programming to aid recovery for survivors who live outside of Massachusetts or are unable to travel. More information and updates to follow on our remote resources in the weeks ahead!