Governor Abbott Continues Oversight of State Support Services for Uvalde and Announces Additional Funding for Community Mental Health | Oficina del Gobernador de Texas


June 30, 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 380 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:

Governor Abbott and Legislative Leaders Announce Additional Funding for School Safety and Mental Health Services in the Uvalde Community

On Tuesday, Governor Abbott announced, under legislative direction, the transfer of $105.5 million to support additional school safety and mental health initiatives statewide, including $5 million for use by Hill Country Mental Health & Developmental Disabilities (MHDD) centers. The additional funding will help assess mental health services in the Uvalde community and prepare a needs assessment for the legislature.

“Our communities – urban and rural – are stronger when Texans are safe and healthy, and I thank my partners in the Legislature for quickly responding to the need to expand critical mental health initiatives and school safety in the Lone Star State,” Governor Abbott said.

Read the proposal letter from state leaders and the governor’s endorsement letter.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission provides access and eligibility services for families and individuals

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

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is coordinating with the Hill Country MHDD Centers and the Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to operate the dedicated mental health hotline for Uvalde residents. Since May 27, the hotline has responded to nearly 380 calls.

HHSC Access and Eligibility Services has helped a total of 55 people to date, and 32 families have been approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. One family was approved for the Texas Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families, and nine Uvalde children were approved for Medicaid.

HHSC Disaster Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) met with local representatives in Uvalde to prepare for the Coordinated Behavioral Health Recovery Stakeholder Meeting. DBHS also coordinates the volunteers of the communication and coordination sub-committees between the recovery partners of the Uvalde Together Resiliency Center. DBHS works with HHSC representatives at the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) State Operations Center (SOC) and the Department of State Health Services State Medical Operations Center ( DSHS) to maintain continuity of information.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Community Council of South Central Texas helps nearly 600 people with their expenses

In coordination with the Community Council of South Central Texas (CCSCT), the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has served more than 135 households and nearly 600 individuals through its Community Services Block Grants. The funding enabled CCSCT to provide gas cards, hotel stays, rent and mortgage assistance to members of the Uvalde community. In total, over $98,000 was spent on direct services.

Last Saturday, CCSCT held an outreach/book distribution event at the Uvalde Civic Center with approximately 300 book sets distributed, each containing seven books. The books are aimed at middle and high school students and offer support through loss, change, stress, anxiety, and grief. The remaining 100 sets of books will be distributed by CCSCT’s Community Services office as part of its work with families.

Texas Workforce Commission plans vocational rehabilitation training program for Uvalde students with disabilities and their families

TWC’s vocational rehabilitation team in Uvalde is planning a group vocational training program for students with disabilities and their families, tentatively scheduled for the end of July.

The Unemployment Insurance Unit of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues to waive job search requirements for unemployed clients in the Middle Rio board area, encompassing Uvalde. The unit has logged more than 160 calls from Uvalde residents since May 26. In addition, 10 families with nearly 20 children have registered with the emergency daycare center in Uvalde since the end of May.

Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation educates Uvalde mental health providers on claims and treatment guidelines

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Workers’ Compensation Division (DWC) is contacting area health care facilities and providers, including at least three separate mental health providers, to inform them workers’ compensation billing procedures and treatment guidelines. DWC is also encouraging facilities and vendors to accept workers’ compensation insurance for claims related to the tragedy at Robb Elementary School.

DWC is tracking nearly 30 workers’ compensation claims related to this event.

Texas Transportation Commission’s Uvalde Fund Receives Donations for Affected Employees and Their Families

Since the Texas Transportation Commission established a TxDOT Cares fund to provide financial assistance to eligible employees and their families affected by the tragedy, the fund has received nearly $70,000 in donations. The TxDOT Cares fund is dedicated to services such as bereavement counseling expenses. Donations can be made by the public. Funds and eligibility are managed by an outside organization not affiliated with TxDOT.

Texas Division of Emergency Management State Operations Center remains at Intensified Level II, personnel remain on site for assistance

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) State Operations Center (SOC) continues to operate at Level II (escalation) in its response to the Uvalde community. TDEM staff remain deployed to provide on-site support to community members. TDEM also continues to provide technical resources, as well as requests being routed to Texas Emergency Management Council state agency partners through the SOC.

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