Texas State Agencies Provide Mental Health Support and Financial Aid to Hundreds in Uvalde Community | Texas Governor’s Office

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July 7, 2022 | Austin | 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, several agencies sent representatives to the area to work on site with local authorities and the organization providing a range of support services to the families of the victims, school teachers , 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 400 calls to date.

Members of the public wishing to show their support and help the community can donate through a one-stop shop 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:

READ: Governor Abbott: Texas reaches out to help Uvalde heal

In a editorial pPublished by San Antonio Express-News, Governor Abbott describes activating all the capabilities of the State of Texas to uplift the community of Uvalde and his mission to ensure that such tragedies do not happen again.

“Moments like this tear in the very fabric of a community,” writing Governor Abbott. “But throughout our history, Texans have overcome challenges and charted a brighter path together. This is who we are as a people, uniting in our darkest days to ensure that our families , our neighbors and our communities are able to thrive in the great promise that Texas holds.”

The Texas Health And Human Services Commission continues to coordinate the mental health and services hotline for Uvalde residents

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

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) continues to coordinate with the Hill Country MHDD Centers and the Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to operate the Dedicated Mental Health Helpline to support residents of Uvalde. Since May 27, HHSC’s hotline for residents of Uvalde has answered nearly 400 phone calls.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Community Council of South Central Texas helps 650 people with critical expenses

In coordination with the Community Council of South Central Texas (CCST), the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) served 150 households and 650 Texans through block grants for community services. CCSCT has been able to provide gas cards, hotel stays, and rental and mortgage assistance to members of the Uvalde community through these grants. These direct services amounted to nearly $105,300.

Texas Workforce Commission Announces Vocational Rehabilitation Training Program Dates for Uvalde Students with Disabilities and Their Families

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division of the Texas Workforce Commission continues to waive job search for unemployed clients in the Middle Rio Grande area, encompassing Uvalde. Since May 26, the UI Division has recorded more than 200 calls from Uvalde residents. In addition, 11 families with 20 children have registered with the emergency daycare center in Uvalde since the end of May.

(TWC) The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) team plans and prepares a group vocational training program for students with disabilities and their families. This program is tentatively scheduled from Friday July 29 to Sunday July 31.

TWC’s Workforce Development Division is assisting the Middle Rio Grande Workforce Board region in establishing a youth summer program that will serve 209 youth in the Uvalde community by providing work experience paid and internships.

Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation encourages mental health care providers to accept workers’ compensation insurance

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) within the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is tracking 30 workers’ compensation claims related to the Robb Elementary School tragedy. DWC continues to educate mental health facilities and providers serving the Uvalde community on workers’ compensation billing procedures and treatment guidelines. DWC also continues to encourage these same facilities and mental health providers to accept workers’ compensation insurance for claims related to this event.

Texas Division of Emergency Management State Operations Center remains at Level II (escalated response), personnel remain on site for assistance

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) State Operations Center (SOC) continues to operate at Level II (escalated response) in its response to the community of Uvalde. 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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