Governor Abbott Ensures State Agencies Continue to Provide Resources and Long-Term Support to the Uvalde Community | Texas Governor’s Office

June 23, 2022 | Austin, TX | Press release

Governor Greg Abbott continues to oversee and lead the Texas state agency’s efforts to aid and support the Uvalde community following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School. As part of the State of Texas’ comprehensive plan to coordinate state and local resources for affected members of the Uvalde community, multiple agencies have sent representatives to the area to work onsite with local authorities and a organization offering a range of support services to families of victims. , school faculty, first responders and the wider community.

Members of the Uvalde community seeking public mental health resources can receive help through a single 24/7 hotline: 888-690-0799. The hotline has responded to nearly 350 calls to date.

Members of the public wishing to show their support and help the community can donate through a unique webpage created by the OneStar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Robb School Memorial Fund was established by the First State Bank of Uvalde, with 100% of donations going to the fund for the families of the victims, teachers and the community of Uvalde.

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS ATTENDING UVALDE COMMUNITY:

Texas Workforce Commission Prioritizes Benefits and Emergency Child Care for Uvalde Residents

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has responded to more than 130 priority calls for unemployment benefits from Uvalde since May 25. TWC also continues to waive job search requirements for unemployed clients in its Middle Rio board region, which includes Uvalde.

A total of five families with 10 children signed up for TWC’s Uvalde emergency daycare. Additionally, more than 160 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications have been approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and these families have the opportunity to participate in Workforce’s SNAP employment and training services. Solutions, but are exempt from mandatory requirements.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission helps open long-term resilience center for first responders

24/7 hotline offering mental health assistance: 888-690-0799

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is coordinating with the Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) Centers and the Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to operate the dedicated mental health hotline for residents of Texas. ‘Uvalde. Since May 27, the hotline has responded to nearly 350 calls.

On June 19, the First Responder Assistance Center (FRAC) transitioned to the long-term First Responder Resiliency Center (FRRC), operated by the Ecumenical Center as a separate location and branch of the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center. The FRRC will continue to provide mental health crisis intervention, peer support services, run the helpline and maintain the Uvalde Response website. The FRAC has served more than 1,180 people since May 27.

Hill Country MHDD centers conduct outreach to affected populations, including through schools, local businesses, hospitals, libraries, and nursing homes, among others. It also increased operational capacity by hiring a resilience coordinator and three counsellors, extended hours of operation to include weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and secured additional meeting space in the psychology department of Sul Ross University for anyone looking for individual and group counseling and support groups.

Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation Continues Outreach Efforts and Tracks Claims

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) is currently tracking 25 workers’ compensation claims related to the tragedy at Robb Elementary School and is attempting to contact others. people who may need help.

Approximately 30 Uvalde residents were assisted while DWC Client Services staff were on site at the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center until June 10. DWC has also contacted 11 area healthcare facilities and providers to inform them of billing procedures and workers’ compensation processing guidelines, as well as encourage them to accept workers’ compensation insurance for claims related to the shooting.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, South Central Texas Community Council will host a book drive for students dealing with trauma

In coordination with the Community Council of South Central Texas (CCSCT), the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) provided gas cards, hotel stays, and rent and mortgage assistance to over 125 households and over 550 individuals through the Community Service Block. Subsidies. Additional services were provided to nearly 125 families. In total, CCSCT has spent over $93,600 in direct services supporting the Uvalde community.

This Saturday, June 25, CCSCT will host an outreach and book distribution event at the Uvalde Civic Center in partnership with the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District and Usborne Books and More, who held a book drive for students high school and undergraduate students struggling with trauma and loss. ACST donated $1,000 in unrestricted funds. A total of $18,000 was raised for approximately 3,000 books to be distributed.

Texas Education Agency plans school-based mental health services for CISD community of Uvalde

In partnership with Education Service Center (ESC) 20, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) helps local school systems, students, parents and teachers. Twenty-five school districts and charters have provided counselors to the Uvalde CISD community, including 11 scheduled this week.

TEA works with school counselors and CISD Uvalde organizations, such as Communities In Schools and the Children’s Bereavement Center, to provide responsive school-based mental health services. The support team is to meet weekly in collaboration with the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center to plan multi-level services and support, classroom counseling and school mental health services for the 2022-2023 school year . The support team currently provides orientation classes during summer school, with integrated grief and trauma-informed activities and two 30-minute classroom sessions per week for each grade level/class.

Texas Division of Emergency Management responds to requests from local authorities for services and resources

The Texas Division of Emergency Management continues to coordinate with partner agencies and vendors to respond to requests and distribute donated resources and food services through volunteer organizations active in disasters. The Disaster Recovery Task Force supports local officials, Uvalde CISD leaders, and the First State Bank of Uvalde with technical advice regarding the Robb Elementary Memorial Fund, in partnership with the OneStar Foundation. TDEM’s State Operations Center remains activated at Level II (escalation).

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