Governor Abbott Continues State Agency Response and Relief Efforts for Uvalde Community | Texas Governor’s Office

June 16, 2022 | Austin, Texas | 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’ overall 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 answered nearly 300 calls to date.

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. 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 Division of Emergency Management’s State Operations Center remains at Intensified Level II

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) State Operations Center remains activated at Level II (escalation) in response to the growing needs of the Uvalde community.

TDEM maintains staff on-site and its Disaster Recovery Task Force (DRTF) coordinates with state agency partners and vendors to respond to local authority requests for services and resources, such as:

  • Support the new Uvalde Together resilience center
  • Coordinate the distribution of donated resources and food services through Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), as well as support the development of a long-term recovery plan
  • Provide technical advice to local officials, leaders of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD), and the First State Bank of Uvalde for the Robb Elementary Memorial Fund

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs helps with expenses for families of victims

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, in coordination with the Community Council of South Central Texas (CCSCT), supported 93 households and 375 individuals seeking assistance by providing a $200 gas gift card $ per household and up to four $100 grocery/personal cards. per household. In addition, as needed, CCSCT provided rental assistance for families of victims and hotel rooms for family members traveling to Uvalde.

In total, CCSCT spent over $70,000 on direct services through this effort.

Texas Education Agency coordinates student counseling services and support with Uvalde CISD Summer School

In partnership with Education Service Center 20 (ESC 20), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) coordinates with regional school systems to provide counselors to staff, students, and their families at CISD Uvalde. Twenty-five Texas school districts and charters have provided counselors since May 24, with 11 this week expected to directly provide onsite support to CISD Uvalde.

TEA works with Uvalde CISD Counsellors, Communities in Schools, and the Children’s Bereavement Center for responsive school-based mental health services. These organizations serve in each of the five buildings currently open for summer school as well as the Benson Center for students not enrolled in summer school.

The Texas Health And Human Services Commission provides mental health services and long-term support at the Regional Family Health Center

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

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) provides mental health services to the community of Uvalde through the local mental health authority, Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) Centers.

Hill Country MHDD and the Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities operate the dedicated mental health support hotline for Uvalde residents. Since May 27, the hotline has responded to nearly 300 calls.

Texas Transportation Commission creates fund for affected employees and their families

The Texas Transportation Commission has established a TxDOT Cares Fund providing financial assistance to eligible employees and their families affected by the Uvalde tragedy. The fund is dedicated to funeral expenses, travel for funeral services and bereavement counseling expenses. Donations can be made by the public. Funds and eligibility are managed by an outside organization not affiliated with TxDOT.

Texas A&M Forest Service supported multiple agency operations, logistics planning

The Texas A&M Forest Service mobilized a five-person planning team to participate in multiple missions at the request of TDEM. The team developed action plans and incident maps and assisted with traffic planning, as well as coordinating with the Disaster District 24 Chairman to support logistics, such as securing operations for refueling.

State Department Health Services Extends Deployment Date for Support Teams

The Department of State Health Services has extended the deployment schedule for two critical response teams to Uvalde. The medical incident support team will be working on site in Uvalde until Friday 17 June. The ambulance response team, consisting of three ambulances, an intensive care unit and an ambulance response team leader, will also be deployed until Friday.

Texas Department of Insurance offers assistance with workers’ compensation claims for mental trauma

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) assists claims for first responders, medical personnel, school district employees, and other affected employees in the Uvalde community . DWC helps file claims for medical or income benefits, report claims to employers, complete paperwork, find a doctor, and provide information if a claim is denied.

TDI also encourages health benefit plans to provide coverage and reimbursement for covered mental health services using telecommunications or information technology on the same basis and to the same extent as in-person consumer services. of Uvalde County.

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