Texas State Resources Provide Continued Support to the Uvalde Community Following the Recent Robb Elementary School Tragedy | Texas Governor’s Office

Governor Greg Abbott today provided an update on the continued efforts of Texas state agencies to help and support the Uvalde community as it heals. Following the tragedy at Robb Elementary School, the Governor announced Texas’ comprehensive and ongoing plan to coordinate with state and local authorities to provide resources to those affected by the tragedy. To expedite all available state and local resources, Governor Abbott has issued a Disaster Declaration for the Town of Uvalde to assist the community and continue to provide much needed support unencumbered by regulations as they recover. of this tragedy.

Members of the Uvalde community seeking public mental health resources can receive help through a single 24/7 hotline: 888-690-0799.

Members of the public wishing to show their support and help the community can donate through a unique web page created by the OneStar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Governor Abbott announced that Uvalde County officials opened a temporary facility this Monday, June 6 for the new Uvalde Together Resiliency Center (UTRC). The UTRC will serve as long-term support services for ongoing community needs, including mental health resources and crisis counselling.

Last week, the Governor’s Office of Public Safety made an initial investment of $5 million to establish UTRC as a hub for state agencies and local organizations to provide assistance to affected members. from the community. A full list of services provided at UTRC is available here.

“Donations of any amount to the OneStar Foundation webpage will go a long way in letting these grieving families, teachers and loved ones know that they are not alone as they begin the long and difficult process of rebuilding. of their lives,” Governor Abbott said. “The true spirit of the Lone Star State is that Texans help Texans, and we must continue to support those working to heal in the weeks and months ahead.”

The OneStar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, will direct 100% of donations to the Robb School Memorial Fund, which was established by First State Bank of Uvalde to ensure immediate financial support for those affected by the horrific tragedy in Robb Elementary School.

Texas Division of Emergency Management activates State Operations Center at Level II and works with local authorities to respond to needs

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) State Operations Center remains activated at Level II, or Enhanced Readiness.

Deploying 25 staff to provide on-site support in Uvalde, TDEM continues to coordinate with state agency partners and vendors to meet local authority requests for services and resources, including:

  • Resources for the temporary family support center and the permanent UTRC, including an air-conditioned reception area, a group counseling caravan, nine private counseling areas and restrooms.
  • Computer staff, three computers for the UTRC and public assistance telephone numbers.
  • Temporary accommodation for immediate family members visiting for funeral services via 22 RV units.
  • Fuel for generators powering the UTRC and other trailers and command vehicles.
  • 100 bedding packs for first responder accommodation.
  • Resources to support multiple command areas, including 130 tables, 130 chairs, 10 handwashing stations and portable toilets.

In addition, TDEM supported resource requests routed to other state agency partners, such as four counseling teams, seven dispatchers, four telephonists, six nurses, and six ambulances.

The TDEM Disaster Recovery Task Force coordinated with local authorities, community responders, local and state disaster behavioral health services, and victim service agencies to support the training of the UTRC. The task force also provided guidance to local officials, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) leaders, and First State Bank staff for partnering with the OneStar Foundation to create the One-Stop Webpage. for donations intended to support the families of the victims, the teachers and the Community of Uvalde.

The Texas Education Agency continues to provide assistance to local school systems and the CISD community of Uvalde

In partnership with Education Service Center (ESC) 20, the Texas Education Agency continues to provide assistance to local school systems, students, parents, and teachers, including:

  • Coordinate with local school systems to provide counselors as direct support to staff, students and their families in CISD Uvalde’s learning community.
  • Collaborate with CISD Uvalde school counselors and other organizations, including Communities In Schools and the Children’s Bereavement Center, to provide responsive school-based mental health services.
  • Provide support through in-class orientation classes during summer school, including two 30-minute sessions per week for each grade level/class.
  • Support a detailed facility review of all existing DSIC Uvalde school buildings to ensure that all exterior doors are fully functional.
  • Support Uvalde CISD with the planning of an enhanced security presence at the summer school.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission providing mental health support

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

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Disaster Behavioral Health Services coordinated with the local Hill Country Mental Health and Development Disabilities Center and the Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Call Center to provide crisis services to the community, including creating a dedicated mental health support line: 888-690-0799. The hotline has responded to more than 235 calls since May 27.

HHSC is also working with the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium to provide additional mental health counseling resources.

HHSC eligibility staff assist families who may need health benefits, food, or cash assistance. HHSC helped activate the Critical Incident Stress Management Network, a voluntary entity whose primary goal is to meet the mental health needs of first responders.

Department of State Health Services deploys immediate medical resources

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) provided immediate medical resources to the Uvalde community, including an air medical unit, 15 units of whole blood, two ambulances, and a Zumero tent as a cooling station.

DSHS has also deployed the following response teams:

  • Medical Incident Support Team Members
  • A mobile medical unit with two logistics personnel
  • An ambulance response team, which includes ambulances, an intensive care unit and an ambulance response team leader
  • Two nurses with an all-terrain vehicle for funeral assistance
  • RN Strike Team, consisting of eight members and a team leader
  • Five behavioral health staff supporting responders and Uvalde Memorial Hospital (from the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force)

Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation Help with Workers’ Compensation Questions, Claims

Worker’s Compensation Division (DWC) customer service staff have been integrated into Uvalde to answer workers’ compensation questions and assist with claims, assisting approximately 30 center customers and supporting 18 compensation claims accidents related to the tragedy to date. People who are injured or with an injured beneficiary can call 800-252-7031.

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) coordinates with private health insurance companies and those offering managed care plans through the Texas Medicaid program for access to physical and mental health resources. To provide assistance to any Texas insurance consumer, TDI operates a call center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday: 800-252-3439.

Texas Workforce Commission offers child care, unemployment, labor and vocational rehabilitation services

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande, helps families with child care by arranging additional flexibility and child care extensions. The agency also created a new Uvalde Urgent Care Program to provide child care, regardless of income or employment status, to eligible families affected by the tragedy.

Telecentres are prioritizing calls from Uvalde residents seeking unemployment assistance, and job search requirements have been temporarily waived for the area. The agency also prioritizes unemployment benefits, appeals and tax services to affected families and employers. Services are provided by vocational rehabilitation counsellors, who can help overcome barriers to employment, information and referral services, placement, education and training.

Residents of Uvalde County who are recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will not be required to meet certain mandatory requirements to ensure continued benefits.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs helps affected Texans with food and gas costs

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), along with its regional partner, the South Central Texas Community Council, assisted 85 households and 291 individuals in Uvalde with hotel costs for families, gas cards, food and housing assistance. , including mortgage, rent and utility assistance. Funding is provided through TDHCA’s Community Services Block Grant program, with nearly $68,000 spent on direct services to help families.

Recent donations to the community of Uvalde

The Texas Mutual Insurance Company donated $100,000 to the Robb School Memorial Fund through the OneStar Foundation, $100,000 to the Uvalde Mental Health Resiliency Fund, organized by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and $50,000 $ to the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country’s Uvalde Strong Fund. .

BCBSTX/Health Care Service Corporation is also donating $50,000 to the San Antonio Area Foundation to support members and dependents of the Texas Employee Retirement System and Teacher Retirement System and provide access to benefits. free virtual behavioral healthcare.

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